Having been using Photoshop for many years, I tend to go back and look at my old stuff and mock myself for even thinking that those old things looked good. Such is the case of some not-so-old pieces, but while I knew they weren't perfect I couldn't find the errors my friend Meis pointed out to me.
Alas, the problem laid within my old CRT Hewlett-Packard monitor (and the other small crappy HP LCD), which had a tendency for hating crisp colors, and opted for trying to make everything as dark as possible.
So when I got my current monitor and saw my Dreth "Sith" and Dreth "Joker" pictures, I almost cried. I decided to try and fix them as much as possible:
I don't blame you if you can't see a great difference, but those messy red globs of the old one were anything but attractive, and what the hell was I thinking with the sith's "red aura"???
I changed the scars a bit, made them look a little bit more credible, fixed hair and contrast, recolored and repositioned the hand, as well as changed the card's logo. By changing the logo for that of Tim Burton's Batman film I broke the "nothing external used, all me" streak I had going on in this pic, but it helped so I don't care.
So while still far from perfect, they're easier on the eyes now.