Changes: Pretty Terrible

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.
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December 1, 2014

You may have noticed an address change: Pretty Terrible.

Increasingly, the Radish Reviews domain name hadn’t been working for me–lots of reasons, but mainly because I didn’t feel comfortable using the site for content that wasn’t at least kinda sorta related to genre books and issues. Like most people, I have a lot more going on in my life: I watch a fair bit of television and I have an ongoing fascination with various activities involving wool, spinning wheels, and knitting needles. Not to mention my attempts at visual art (anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram is likely well aware of the visual art thing #sorrynotsorry).

Why “Pretty Terrible”? I’d been trying to think of a new domain for quite some time and last week I drew this:

Pretty Terrible ATC

pretty terrible inspiration

I wasn’t very happy with it–there’s an imprecise blobbiness to the line work I dislike and the combination of watercolors I decided to use to fill in the background really didn’t work, either. I wrote on the back of it, “pretty terrible”. And said to myself, “Hey, wait a minute.” So I went off to see if the domain was available and lo, it was. And now it’s mine.

I will say that I’m incredibly happy with how the painting I made for the header image turned out.  It came together fairly randomly and built on some of what I’ve been doodling over the last couple of weeks. I generally work on artist trading cards (ATCs), which are pretty small. I usually start with ink and then fill in with paint or, more recently, marker.  This painting is a bit larger at 4″ x 6″ but still not tremendously large. I started with watercolor for the background, then drew the thingamabob with ink and then colored it in with watercolor pencils. The problem with having so many art supplies around is that I tend to want to use them all. Which is not always a great idea.

I am particularly obsessed with bright colors. Although my scanner seems to make them even brighter than they actually are–and as I don’t know diddly about color correction, that’s going to be interesting until I figure it out.

Pretty Terrible

Pretty Terrible

greencircles persevere

This is where I want to say something philosophical, but I don’t have anything. I just wanted a change and an opportunity to widen my scope and here we are.

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6 Comments

  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    I wouldn’t ever characterize you or your work, Natalie, as pretty terrible, though… 🙂

  2. Athena Andreadis

    The new header looks like art from the Yellow Submarine sifted through Max Headroom. Which, believe it or not, is a compliment!

  3. Cora

    I see a referral from a site called Pretty Terrible in my blog stats. I debate: “Shall I click? Is this just a trolling attempt?”

    I click. And let out a sigh of relief.

    Love the new header BTW. Though I agree with Paul that you and your work are the opposite of terrible.

  4. Susana S. P.

    So this looks like a good time for a silent reader to pipe up and say: Thank you for the radish (and this new thing, which I like, even if you’re not terrible at all). I’ve been swinging by silently but delightedly, since I first clicked on some link. I am so glad you’re here.

    The new header is wonderful (as was the old one).

  5. Natalie Luhrs

    Everyone: thanks so much for your kind comments! I am not abandoning genre or my weekly links posts, but wanted more space to write about other things that interest me. <3

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