Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Happy hump day, everyone. As you know from my weekend post, I’ve been working on more than just my (painfully slowly written) novel in progress, and more than the serial, The Delta Pearl. I’ve also been editing a diesel-punk novella I authored in 2018. Some of you may remember, Hullaba Lulu.
Bookizing that serial has been on my to-do list for some time. I’ve been whittling away at it a little by little. Awhile back I worked on some cover concepts for it. Today, I thought I’d share them with you.
One early thought. I didn’t even finish this one. Sometimes you have to recognize when you’re trying too hard to make something work — and then take a different path. I liked this one because it had the travel element from the story (luggage). As the song said “Lulu has the reddest hair” so I gave her that and added a goblet of giggle water. However, I felt I was wasting time. It wasn’t cooperating with me. It’s not too bad in black and white, so I might use it as title page artwork.
Next idea. I did a few versions of this one with the antique car. I couldn’t find the Rolls-Royce like the one I wrote about. Even so, this one had the devil-may-care attitude I wanted. However, it doesn’t reflect the fantasy aspects of the dieselpunk story.
Dieselpunk Tech. Then I remembered some public domain photos that influenced the appearance of my automatons. Completely different ideas took hold. Here’s another false start. I didn’t finish it, because the ritzy model just didn’t feel like Lulu.
Final versions. However, I really liked how the automatons were looking. So, I worked on them more and picked a different flapper. I was able to add Lulu’s “reddest red” hair, and I changed the color of her glad rags in one. I can’t decide which of the final two I like best.
Thanks for delving into my thought process with me. Wishing you an easy walk down the other side of this midweek hump. Hugs on the wing!
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