Bill Watterson once said something like "Looking at samples of my older work is like looking at photos of myself wearing yellow pants: I know I'm responsible for that, but what on Earth was I thinking?" Considering I've been on DeviantArt for almost six years and my drawing style and artistic sensibility have evolved a hell of a lot since August 2006, and since I have recently gravitated towards remaking a lot of older pieces I'm no longer satisfied with, I figured it might be worth my time to take stock of my gallery and drudge up some of the junk that, for one reason or another, I'd never ever in a million years draw today. Like Matt Groening and the Tracey Ullman shorts or Joel Hodgson and the KTMA episodes, these are my old shames, crawling forth from the cobweb-strewn closet where I'd pretty much forgotten all about them. Consider this atonement for my artistic sins.A Deviation About Nothing
(December 18, 2006)
If I just showed you these four faces and asked you to tell me who they are, would you be able to correctly guess that it's the cast of Seinfeld? Yeah, didn't think so. Also, why are they all smiling? Those publicity photos where they're all hugging and acting like the best of friends have always bugged me, and I don't know why I perpetuated the myth with this.Happy Valentine's Day
(February 11, 2007)
Oh dear God, why did I draw this? I loathe shipping in all its forms, so what in God's name possessed me to do this? I can only attribute it to a small stroke I must have had that day.The Many Loves of Ash Ketchum
(October 21, 2007)
Speaking of, I never want to see this piece of shit again as long as I live. What was meant to be a parody of shipping in the Pokémon community was misinterpreted by literally every single person who saw it as an endorsement, rather than an admonishment. The comments are still generating furious debates among lifeless losers arguing over which 12-year-old they most want to bone. This is why I stopped talking about Pokémon with people.Mickey vs. Miley
(January 1, 2008)
Dear lord, the shitstorm this one caused. Look, I don't care about the Disney Channel's lame sitcoms, but I'm not filled with some sort of white-hot burning rage against them either. The amount of hateful vitriol hurled towards Miley Cyrus in the comments of this piece literally makes me sick. Don't people have anything better to do with their lives than wish death upon the star of a TV show they don't watch?Playtoon - Frankie Foster
(January 12, 2008)
January 2008 was not a great month for me. This might be one of the most sickeningly out-of-character things I've ever drawn. Let's just forget it ever happened and move on with our lives.High School Abusical
(November 6, 2008)
As an artist, I'm so close to my original characters that I don't even feel like I've created them - it's more like they're already alive out there somewhere, and I'm just illustrating them. As I've said before, it's so awkward to look back at my early Forever 16 stuff and see how I didn't even know my own characters yet. All this early stuff of Jocelyn bullying Abby just makes my stomach turn, because now I know she'd never ever do anything like that. That's Lindsay's job.Who Catches the Catchmen
(February 23, 2009)
When I first read Alan Moore's Watchmen
, I immediately wanted to start doing crossover parodies. But this one's just embarrassing to look at now. I can't fully explain it, but the Pokémon characters just don't work here. A few months later, I did Watchtunes
, which I think came out a lot better.I Can Dream, Can't I?
(July 29, 2009)
This is probably representative of some deep-seated psychological issue, and frankly, I don't think I want to know what it is.Let's Try This Again
(June 15, 2011)
I drew this less than a year ago, and already I'm regretting it. Making Ashleigh bi-curious seems less and less like genuine character development and more and more like gratuitous fanservice - and the fact that she's 14 makes me feel very uncomfortable about introducing it at all. The more I work with these characters, the more protective I become of them.
I think that's all the really big stuff. There's some smaller things throughout my gallery that I'd like the chance to redo for aesthetic reasons, but this is all the stuff that offends me on some emotional level. I leave this stuff up for the sake of people who do like it, but just let it be known that these pieces no longer represent who I am as an artist.