I've often analogized graphic creation to carpentry: a craftsman begins with an idea, some building blocks that you shape, mold and modify using appropriate tools, into fulfillilng a vision that provides utility/and or aesthetics of some sort (essentially from nothing)... and if successful, into a lasting legacy. You've become a master at this Shifty and have created what's now a positive identity we will henceforth automatically associate with a favorite site, team and diversion. Great job and well deserved prize.
personal aside: tried carpentry, acquired all all the expensive tools and wasn't too great at that either LOL.
Dear Math, please grow up and solve your own problems, I'm tired of solving them for you. -Anon