I figured this sketch by Tim Burton would be an appropriate follow up to Valentine's Day. I'm sure we all know the work of Tim Burton thanks to "Nightmare Before Christmas" which is still very popluar years after it's making. He's instant success off of one idea inspires me to want to do my best. I like this particular drawing because it seems to hearken back to his work before "Nightmare before Christmas", although I'm not certain when the particular sketch was made. I like it though because it looks like a simple pencil doodle yet it says so much. I don't know why he drew it, but I would imagine he made it out of boredom or because he got tired of too much PDA and lovey-dovey couples. I like looking at the early rough sketches of artists to see how they develope their style over time.
I'm certain there are other morbid artists before Tim Burton, for me he is the first to incorporate dark, creepy, and other humorously unpleasant elements into illustrations intended for youths. I think he paved the way for artists like Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge, Brett Helquist, and many others. Burton has a whole collection of characters on his website and it's interactive. Fun!