Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 7

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Valentino, Lulu and Tom tilt a whirlTom, Lulu, and Valentino at the tilt-a-whirl, by Rob Goldstein.

Welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays.  Today’s episode of Hullaba Lulu brings us to Chapter 7 of the series.  I hope you are enjoying my diesel-punk change of pace from the “Pip-verse.”  

Once again I have more of the pos-i-lutely fabulous artwork from Rob Goldstein.  We’re also having inspiring discussions and he’s sending me “three things” to spontaneously drive each chapter of this pantser story. 

Update: Rob just finished another video. 

I’m offering a little challenge.  Where would you take this story with pocket watch, Ferris wheel, and bubblegum?  Read on to see where those three things took my imagination.

If you need to catch up with past chapters, look to the right of the screen.  Scroll down to Categories, and click Hullaba Lulu*.  That will take you to all the…

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Still Life with Giorgio de Chirico

It’s Jazz Wednesday’s on Teagan’s Books and
time for another episode of Hulaba Lulu.

Lulu stands at the nexus of Pittura Metafisica
and Metropolis.

 

A Female avatar in 20's attire stands in front of paintings by Giorgio de Chirico and the Robots of Metropolis
The Nexus of Pittura Metafisica and Metropolis.


Pittura Metafisica is one of the words Teagan must
use in the writing of Hulaba Lulu.

For Chapter Seven’s illustrations, I used some of the ideas
of proponents of Pittura Metafisica, such as a dreamlike
juxtaposition of incongruous objects and a disquieting air
of mystery, though I hope my images are more humorous
than disquieting.

 

 

Please enjoy this week’s video and check out Chapter Seven
of Hullaba Lulu!

 

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

Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 5.2

Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 5.2

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hold the presses!  Update!

I had to include this masterpiece from Rob (above).  His best video yet.  It’s magical.  And it’s the cat’s meow!

Control room The Angel_0322- 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…

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