Hey, Sheiks and Shebas. Welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays. The weekly three things and images, from my “partner in crime” Rob Goldstein, spontaneously guide what I’m writing. Last week he did an image of an Art Deco angel as part of my mystical diesel-punk train’s controls. That caused me to see more of the train. I can tell you, Valentino has one luxurious way to travel!
I guess this is a spoiler, but it has nothing to do with the plot… I had already given the train a control room with mystical gizmos for navigation and communications, and then an automat. Now I have deluxe sleeper cars — with attendants. Between Rob and me, Lulu freaked out when she suddenly realized the bath had attendants…
Lulu and the Sleeper Car Attendants, by Rob Goldstein
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
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.
This short video is composed of extra shots from the last six shoots for Hullaba Lulu.
I had to include this masterpiece from Rob (above). His best video yet. It’s magical. And it’s the cat’s meow!
The control room of Valentino’s train, by Rob Goldstein
Sheiks and Shebas, welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays. This episode concludes Chapter 5 of the new series, Hullaba Lulu. I seem to have a lot to say about Valentino’s train in this “diesel-punk” fantasy.
Some of you will remember that early in my novella, The Three Things Serial Story, I imagined the voice of Lucille Ball narrating those tales. I wanted Hullaba Lulu to have a much different “voice” or tone. However, no narrator sprang to mind. I imagine Lulu being genuine, slightly crass, and lovably snarky, sort of like a female version of Seth Meyers. (See Late Night with Seth Meyers.) I toyed with the idea of narrating…