Black and white photo of Rudy Vallee with his trombone By Bain News Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Let’s do the Raccoon

Teagan and I are hard at work on this week’s Jazz Wednesdays which means
I have to take a short break from Art by Rob Goldstein to make illustrations.

Several of Teagan’s readers have asked how I make the illustrations for Hullaba Lulu, so here’s a quick explanation: to make these illustrations I use two gaming computers and a virtual reality platform.

Each virtual photo shoot takes about six hours and I usually have to do two shoots to get the images I want.

I use four to six avatars per shoot.

Each avatar must be dressed, posed, and positioned, and getting this right
takes total concentration.

The sets I use must be built or purchased, and modified and sometimes
re-textured.

I take at least five to six gigabytes of high-resolution bitmap files per shoot.

Post-processing also takes concentration because the avatars are usually
distorted in subtle ways, so in that sense I use Photoshop to redraw the scene.

An illustration for Hullaba Lulu made in virtual reality, the image is of a male avatar holding a trumpet to represent the character of valentino
Valentino

This short video is composed of extra shots from the last six shoots for Hullaba Lulu.

Hullaba Lulu – Chapter 1

Hullaba Lulu – Chapter 2

Hullaba Lulu – Chapter 3

Hullaba Lulu – Chapter 4

Hullaba Lulu- Chapter 5.1

Hullaba Lulu – Chapter 5.2

I’ll be back on Wednesday.

I have to go see a man about a dog.

Doin the Raccoon by Rudy Vallee, 1928
Graphics and video by Rob Goldstein (c) 2018

28 thoughts on “Let’s do the Raccoon

  1. I still don’t understand how you do what you do. All I know is that it’s astounding and I hope you keep it up. Your dedication to your art is admirable. Passion is what drives creative types and you clearly have it for what you do—lucky us! 😀

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  2. Wow, Rob… Your process is even more laborious than I thought — and I already thought it was difficult and intense.
    Another pos-i-lutely fabulous video! I spotted several shots that I haven’t seen before. I love the close-up of Gramps with a portrait of Lulu in the background.
    I want to link back to this in the next chapter.
    Thanks for this beautiful post. Hugs on the wing!

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