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Todd In The Shadows by TheButterfly Todd In The Shadows by TheButterfly
Fanart for the amazing, enigmatic Todd In The Shadows, who does critiques of current pop music. He's very, very funny and comments on all parts of the music, as well as giving pertinent background information on the singer(s).

(Also he would say much funnier stuff than I have here... but I tried.)

Song featured: "Like a G6" by Far East Movement

I have no idea what his thoughts on this song actually are. I don't think it's good, but I don't mind it. [hell I listened to it on repeat for the 6 hours it took me to do this]

Check out Todd In The Shadows at the link above or his twitter. He's great!

ETA: Forgot to mention... this is inspired by my synesthesia, which creates movements and colors for music. It's difficult to draw exactly what it looks like; this is my approximation. Whenever Todd talks about certain parts of music I sort of imagine him grabbing them out of the air ^_~

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ETA II: Todd posted about this pic in his twitter! The more I look at this (amazing) fanart of me, the more I wonder what the artist thinks of me. My world is bleak, muted, gray. I am bored. I turn on the radio. My world is suddenly filled with bright, vibrant colors. I am shocked and quickly begin criticizing the colors, harshly. Then, I run out of energy and return to my boredom and my bleak, dull room. What does this mean about me?

Aahh! It wasn't my intention to imply... whatever he's getting at there XD Quite the opposite, in fact. To me, the music is garish and invasive, and he's calling it as he sees it... and it ends this way (frustratingly) because it's sad that that's the kind of thing that's on the radio all the time. Erm anyway, thanks for all the comments and favs! :heart: :heart:

Twitter links:
[link] [link] [link] [link]


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Son of ETA II: [Krin] recently drew a fanart of me listening to a song called "Like a G6". ...I actually heard that song for the first time today and, as it turns out, the artist nailed my reaction exactly. ...I read where you said the music in your fanart was supposed to be garish. I like your art style too much to see it that way.

Well, hot damn! :heart::heart::heart:

Twitter links:
[link] [link] [link]


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*two months later, Nov 2010*

ETA IV:
He did a review of this song! Check it out.
He said: I considered taking your jokes, but I decided I'd better come up with my own.

...aaaand shortly thereafter asked me if I wanted to be a title card artist. ^_^

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*a couple months after that, early 2011*


ETA V: Todd did a commentary on his review of "Like A G6" (as well as "Whip My Hair"). He mentions this fanart. Go watch!

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ETA VI: COOL someone added this to tvtropes as an example of Defictionalization! Thank you, whoever did that!! (I feel special ^__^) Click "Web Original" [link]
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:iconsheendough:
Sheendough Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I actually came here from ComplimentBackfire.
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:iconchatciel:
Chatciel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I came here from Compliment Backfire too!
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, cool. Thanks for letting me know!
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:iconresifan92:
ResiFan92 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
So much attention to detail, you really nailed it. :D
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite TGWTG reviewer! :la:
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:iconresifan92:
ResiFan92 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Yeah, easily the best, I like that he isn't as predictable with his jokes as others on the site.
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:iconmdcowboy15:
MDcowboy15 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
That is amazing!
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:iconkitsunelenali:
KitsuneLenali Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
LOL-Todd!
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:iconbeardbrain43:
BeardBrain43 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zis is pure awesomeness!
Todd would be proud.
Ze Captain approves~
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Added it to another Tv Tropes article: Compliment Backfire, under Real Life. [link] Though noting Todd was joking, of course!
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconchromesthesia:
chromesthesia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Sweet. I have synesthesia too.
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:iconpsychicxpsychosirin:
psychicXpsychosirin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the art! And that's so cool that he noticed it!
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was going to make a comment about synesthesia, but, then I read your artist's comments. I married into a family of synesthetics -- my second-eldest sister-in law has sound-to-color, like you. It's kind of neat, to better understand what she must 'see' every day. And this is so beautiful!
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TellMeWhatYouSee Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
I adore Todd and I LOVE this. It's so beautiful.
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:iconliteralnovice:
LiteralNovice Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what he would say. That's what's so awesome about this as a whole.
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:iconliteralnovice:
LiteralNovice Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also: "The lyrics are a mixture of Ke$ha's diary pages and cocktail recipes. ....So Ke$ha's diary. Yeah."
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Did you draw this before or after Todd reviewed "Like a G6"?
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew this months before he reviewed it. I drew it before he ever heard the song. Details in the artist's notes.
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:iconsapphire-petal:
Sapphire-Petal Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
This is so great, I have no other words except... it's awesome :DDD
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^_^
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:iconpepperjaq:
PepperJAQ Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Ah, so this is the beginning of it all. yeah, that's todd alright.
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:icondantesparda90:
Dantesparda90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Todd in the shadows is my hero
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:iconstevethepocket:
stevethepocket Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your twist on his Fergie joke in the sixth panel.
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:icongoldindragon:
Goldindragon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
This is a very good representation of the show, but the story that this lead to is the best part.
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =3
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:iconmbaker:
mbaker Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Todd's doing the music world A big favor by fending off Ke$ha's influence from the masses.
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. I like Kesha's music ^_~
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:iconmbaker:
mbaker Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
That's ironic since Todd criticizes her in most of his reviews. Good piece, though.
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is ironic. We have nearly opposite taste in pop music. And thanks. ^^
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AmethystStar Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Love it. Glad you could inspire Todd and get a title card gig out of it, too. this is a really great comic.
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:iconsemudara:
Semudara Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
This is excellent! I think it really captures Todd's persona and reviewing style. As he says, it's an amazing piece of fanart!

It's really no wonder you became his title-card artist after this. ^_^
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^__^
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:icontkitcs:
tkitcs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Awesome pic.
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LadyBolet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Todd is my favorite reviewer, even more so than Doug.
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:iconcherrytiger:
cherrytiger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Hahaha! This is genius and portrays him perfectly. Great job!
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:iconraincloudproductions:
RaincloudProductions Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually heard his voice when I was reading this. O_o
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! ^_^
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:iconraincloudproductions:
RaincloudProductions Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! His stuff is pretty funny... so it was enjoyable. C:
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic use of colour.
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BestUsernameEVAR Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHA I love this! I could totally picture Todd saying this! <3
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:iconcanadiankazz:
canadiankazz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I love how you use the colours and shapes, because visually, Todd's reviews are quite dark, the most colourful thing is the music and I love how you've shown that. Congrats on the title card gig. XD
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SuperAshBro Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Panel five sounds exactly like something Todd would say, but I think the final panel sums up what makes him such a great reviewer for TGWTG. You've got him down to a tee :XD:
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That-Asian-Guy-777 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Oh man, I LOVE this piece, this is too awesome. What did you use to create this? Illustrator? Corel?

Also, no worries about the dialogue; I thought it was well written, as well as hilarious! :D
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used Photoshop07 with a mouse (scanned a pencil sketch and made it pretty with digicolor!). That's why I was wondering how you did your pic- it looks mad better than what I can do with a mouse XD
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That-Asian-Guy-777 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Nonsense! I think your work is really great!

If you're interested, I'd be happy to link up on Skype sometime and run you through a few tutorials!
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DuskNinjaKenji Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Filmographer
You know what the funny thing is, he actually did a review of this song recently! This picture must have inspired him to review it, you must be so proud! :iconvictoryplz:
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It was very cool to see his review!

(I'd like to think the art inspired him somehow, but I'm sure he would have done the song anyway, because it's so terrible and it hit #1)
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DuskNinjaKenji Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Filmographer
Yes it was, 666 WTF XD
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