The Ascent of Man joke, everyone's done one, I'm certain.
The journey of an artist is one of evolution, slowly changing until they either move on to something else or become better artists. It's a neverending journey, and one that is as different as the artist making it. The key is to always improve, never being satisfied with your work, hence why we are our own worst critics. It's all but a necessity.
Before you ask, no, I did not go through a Naruto fanboy or hipster* stage. Thank Nyancat for that.
* Look, before you say it, here's what hipster means: someone you don't like. That's it. It's so many things but the one commonality is that it's an "other" and a pejorative.