EDIT: I would like to take this time to add that the banana is no more. I took it out of the game. Just trashed it. All is apples now.
The moral is, I guess, give me enough time and distance and I'll throw my brain babies out to the curb in an instant if I can think of a better idea.
Have you ever made art that, while not amazing per-say, took you so long for no good reason that once you finally get it it's like, omg, the best thing you've ever done SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS LOOK AT THE THING.
I had to digipaint some little fruits for a thing I'm working on off of dA, and it should have only taken 10, maybe 15 minutes. I had to do a little orange, a little apple, and a little banana. Two of these things took about as long as I thought. The banana for some reason took well over an hour, maybe more.
I stopped counting.
Time wore away as I painted and repainted that banana. I couldn't capture the essence of banana. I was looking a hundreds of pictures of bananas, I own freaking bananas, I lived in a culture fully steeped in banana lore and imagery, and I couldn't banana. And I was always so close to achieving banananess, it was always a brush stroke or color tweak away, but I wasn't seeing the problem. Why step away to clear my head? I'm almost done. This banana like object that merely apes at banana will soon be a fully fledged banana like object, complete with the feelings that come with a fully completed banana.
But no. Well into the wee hours of the night, I drew and redrew curved yellow shapes that were not banana enough.
Eventually I loosened up and the banana just... came. There it was, finally attained, the shapes smoothed out and just a hint of green shading that had been missing. Behold, I finally thought to myself, I have done it. I have bananaed.
It is here I might as well mention that this banana is only about 32/32 pixels more or less.
It's not much to look at really. It is a tiny, insignificant little thing, and there's bigger and perhaps more technically impressive art that I've done in my time. Others have done much better bananas out there, and even then they're just bananas. A wonder of nature and international shipping, yes, but a thing most take for granted nowadays.
It's just a little banana.
And it's the best thing I've ever done.
Maybe you'll see it someday. I'll introduce the project it is in as "the game with the best banana ever", even though the game has pretty much nothing to do with bananas and there's probably more I should be proud of instead. Nobody but me will get it, but it will be true. At least, to me.