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, 2008...it'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!
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!