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.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."