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Ten Years of Deviance by TheCynicalPoet Ten Years of Deviance :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 10 20 Jaydal - Fakemon Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Jaydal - Fakemon Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 27 7 Let's Do The Odyssey! - Super Mario Odyssey Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Let's Do The Odyssey! - Super Mario Odyssey Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 50 11 Blasting Through - Sonic Mania Tribute Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Blasting Through - Sonic Mania Tribute Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 42 3 Being Creative - Artist Kirby Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Being Creative - Artist Kirby Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 89 17 Ready to Battle - Trainer Nathan Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Ready to Battle - Trainer Nathan Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 14 1 Super Smash Bros. Switch! by TheCynicalPoet Super Smash Bros. Switch! :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 102 16 TheAdorableOshawott's Alola Trainer Card by TheCynicalPoet TheAdorableOshawott's Alola Trainer Card :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 11 4 TheAdorableOshawott's Pokemon Moon Team by TheCynicalPoet TheAdorableOshawott's Pokemon Moon Team :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 23 5 Nintendo Switch by TheCynicalPoet Nintendo Switch :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 74 5 Team Rainbow Rocket Giovanni - Sprite by TheCynicalPoet Team Rainbow Rocket Giovanni - Sprite :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 22 0 Pokemon Sun Team - Created by TheAdorableOshawott by TheCynicalPoet Pokemon Sun Team - Created by TheAdorableOshawott :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 40 5 Trainer Card Base by TheCynicalPoet Trainer Card Base :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 34 11 Pokemon Trainer Nathan by TheCynicalPoet Pokemon Trainer Nathan :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 18 0 Journey Through Hoenn - Trainer I.D. by TheCynicalPoet Journey Through Hoenn - Trainer I.D. :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 4 0 Pokemon OmegaRuby Team by TheCynicalPoet Pokemon OmegaRuby Team :iconthecynicalpoet:TheCynicalPoet 18 9


Banjo - Kazooie by Lisnovski Banjo - Kazooie :iconlisnovski:Lisnovski 31 0
About my art.
Hello. It has recently come to my attention that my intentions with my TCG and Hi Res project are misunderstood.
Yes, I work on these because I enjoy doing so. That's a very important part.
Yes, they are technically recreations of existing pieces of art. This is not to say they take no skill or effort whatsoever because that is very misled.
The TCG project was originally made for a thread on TSR. It was a romhack to expand upon the original TCG game for GBC that was a JPN only release. The project to this day is moot but I still continue because I enjoy it.
Hi Res was just something I tried out one day and I am still working on to this day in hopes that they will be useful assets to someone in the future. Also because
I do what I enjoy doing.
I'm perfectly capable of doing my own thing. I just choose not to because more often than not, I don't get the same enjoyment or satisfaction out of it. If it's not your thing, you are entitled to your view and that is fine. Art is about doing wha
:iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 2 9
For Pigs the Bell Tolls by Zieghost For Pigs the Bell Tolls :iconzieghost:Zieghost 178 10 Hi-Res Pinball Bulbasaur line by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Pinball Bulbasaur line :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 24 0 Hi-Res Green Charmeleon by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Charmeleon :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 12 4 Hi-Res Green Nidoking by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Nidoking :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 33 4 Hi-Res Green Nidoran M by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Nidoran M :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 16 0 Hi-Res Green Sandshrew by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Sandshrew :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 12 0 Hi-Res Green Raichu by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Raichu :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 24 0 Koopa Bros by FloroSapiens Koopa Bros :iconflorosapiens:FloroSapiens 40 0 Kirby 64 by MyArtsyWorld Kirby 64 :iconmyartsyworld:MyArtsyWorld 97 12 129 - Piueon by Frozen-Echo 129 - Piueon :iconfrozen-echo:Frozen-Echo 20 4 Ripple Star Brass Band by EndangeredCDs Ripple Star Brass Band :iconendangeredcds:EndangeredCDs 182 28 Hi-Res Green Venusaur by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Venusaur :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 14 4 Hi-Res Green Ivysaur by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Ivysaur :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 14 2 Hi-Res Green Vaporeon by SpeedXaaa Hi-Res Green Vaporeon :iconspeedxaaa:SpeedXaaa 13 0



  • Listening to: Poets of the Fall
  • Playing: Kirby Star Allies/Sonic Mania/LoZ:BotW
Hello everyone! Today is a very special day, as it is my 10th anniversary of being a member of DeviantArt! I joined this website back on March 30th,'s pretty surreal that ten years have passed already. On the one hand, it feels as though I've been on here for an eternity. Yet on the other hand, I feel as though I just joined yesterday. 

Many of you may have noticed more activity from me the past month. This has been purposeful - as I've been pushing myself to submit more art as a sort of celebration of my 10th anniversary. I hope you all have enjoyed the work I've put out! I've also taken the liberty of polishing the look of many of my older deviations - adding proper credit tags, transparencies, and general clean-up.

The Beginning
Much has changed since I originally joined DeviantArt. As many of you know, my original username used to be SMBZ1 - but I changed that sometime in late September of 2013 to The Cynical Poet instead. Initially, I didn't have any particular focus to this website, until I took up a fascination with pixel art - more specifically, spriting. I'll be blunt: my original works were not of great quality. Of course, I was only 13-years old at the time, and I'd like to believe that I've improved pretty substantially since my early days. 

Pixel by Pixel
In late December of 2009, I created the group The Spriters-Club. I didn't think much of it when I first started the group; the most I had hoped for was for a small group of friends to treat it as a club. However, to my surprise, the group actually took off. Currently, the group has attained approximately 2000 watchers and 2000 members - a fantastic feat, if I do say so myself! The group receives deviations on a daily basis, which means we've amassed hundreds, thousands of submissions over the approximately 8 years since the group has started. So a huge thank you to every watcher, member, contributor, and admin within the group; we truly could not have reached this point without everyone working together!  

Ready to Battle - Trainer Nathan Sprite by TheCynicalPoet
Through the Flames of Yesteryear
I've met many people throughout my many years on DeviantArt - many of whom I have lost contact with, but a fair few who have stuck around over the years. Regardless if you're an old friend, a new friend, a watcher, or just a random passerby, I'd like to take this moment to say: thank you. Thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to share my artwork, as well as helping to better myself! Here's a great future, and another ten years on DeviantArt!     

Ten Years of Deviance by TheCynicalPoet

Journal History


Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Hello everyone! My name is Nathan, otherwise known as The Cynical Poet, and I am a pixel artist. I mainly specialize in M&L:SS-styled and Pokemon-styled sprites, but I've occasionally worked with other styles as well. Almost all of my work is free to be used, just as long as credit is given.

My Resources
I am the founder of the successful pixel art group, known as the Spriter's Club! You can feel free to join, even if you're not a pixel artist, and all pixel art is accepted (so long as it is an original work and not edited).

My person website can be found here: While most all of my work can be found on my DeviantArt, this is an additional resource you could use in order to locate pixel art.

For Mario-themed sprites, you can find me on MFGG by the username SMBZ1!…



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It's been a very tough week. A few days ago, my girlfriend broke up with me. After being together for more than five years...this has hit me pretty hard. 

I don't know how long it's going to take for me to get better. I don't know if I'll ever get better, honestly. We're still on good terms, but I can't help but feel as though a piece of me has been ripped out and torn up. 

Last week, I had a clear image of where my life was heading. It was never going to be perfect, but we were going to be there together. Now, for the first time in half a decade, I feel completely lost - and that is such a scary feeling.

Even though we're apart, I can't thank her enough for all she's done for me. She has certainly helped change me for the better, and I wish her nothing but happiness and success for the future. But that selfish part of me just wishes that I could be a part of that future.
Rest in peace, Dr. Stephen Hawking. Your contributions to the world will not be forgotten. 
With Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon just on the horizon, do any of you have a team that you have in mind? Perhaps there were Pokemon that you wanted to use the first time around, but never got around to it.
The new DeviantArt "Pride Flag" feature is pretty neat. I've seen a decent amount of backlash towards it, but overall I think it's a good feature to have. Most of the backlash against it, in my opinion, simply justifies why people implemented it. 

I get why people might seem pestered by it. But really, if you're someone who is not a fan of the LGBTQ+ community, it's just another notification that you can X away. 


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SpeedXaaa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the by, what's your Discord handle? :o
TheCynicalPoet Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, all the cool kids have moved to Discord these days! TheCynicalPoet#8257 :)
SpeedXaaa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahah I know right? Hmm that didn't seem to work :c Try mine! SpeedXaaa#5325
TheCynicalPoet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, that's weird. I sent you a friend request! 
TheAdorableOshawott Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, I just missed your birthday... HOW?!

Happy very late birthday, dude. x.x
TheCynicalPoet Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, no problem friend! I rarely check birthdays on DeviantArt, so I hold nothing against others who don't. xD

But thank you very much! :D
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Happy B-Day.
TheCynicalPoet Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
No problem
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