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Cringing at Your Old Work

Ever look back at your old work from years ago and think, “Oh God, is this how I used to draw?” I always think this A LOT, especially someone in the family brings up my old work and says it’s awesome. Sure I was proud that I made it then and still a little proud about it now, but I can’t help but cringe at how bad it actually was.

I am going to embarrass myself and talk about something I made when I was about 14. I used to make these shorts on Youtube called, “Friendly or Deadly.” These shorts were about a mouse who would constantly try to destroy a very oblivious cat who think they are friends. Though looking back at it, it was really a rip off of another cartoon I watched at the time. “Friendly or Deadly” was one of the first animations I’ve ever made and I am still proud of it, but I can’t help but groan about how bad it is. The animation is so awkward and choppy, the opening for the cartoon doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, the voice acting is bad, and the sound mixing was amateur at best. My dad still thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world, but it’s not.


  1. Tim Kuo wrote:

    You were the Picasso of animation. At age 14, I think I was running around and throwing rocks in the river. I also cringe when I see my old work but I get a little nostalgic too.

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  2. Daniel Montano wrote:

    As cringe worthy as looking at your past work is, you just can’t help but also feel happy at the progress you’ve made since then.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  3. Deema Mubarak wrote:

    That video actually made me laugh I’m not going to lie, but that was entertaining and very impressive for age 14. and yes, I cringe at my old work at the time and I hate when friends or family show pictures of old work.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink