@Ryan - Definitely not, i vividly remember at least two or three other websites back then that leaned heavily on this sort of thing. Unlike DB, i don't think any of them are still alive today, which probably proves a point about versatility...
I like this one in particular though.
Wed July 18, 2012 at 8:05 am
Ah yes, my early "Sphere" phase. Don't know why I was so enamored with floating balls and water back then, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only artist doing them.
November 26, 2008
I like the concept alot, but I hate the colors you used for it, I'd love to see this one reworked.