When sprite art goes bad

I sketched this character based on a dude I saw on the street roughly and went straight for the smaller/deformed 8 bit version of him, and I don’t know what it is, but I really don’t like the sprite. I made a walking animation him walk before I decided I really didn’t like his design. I then changed the design slightly so he was capless, but I still hated it so just gave up all hope. It’s just interesting to me how easy it is for a character design to completely fail. I mean, am I crazy or is the art just not good?

Also, in other news Game Maker development is going slowly, but surely. Brad is walking and can punch air (no collision yet)… but that’s about it for now. Progress is progress though so I can’t really complain.