Btw I have only a few days experience with Linux, so please don't over-complicate things.
Well I've got news for ya and it's all bad
To get a graphical boot you need either bootsplash or fbsplash/gensplash. And it's not the easiest thing in the world. To use bootsplash you'll need to patch your kernel source with the bootsplash patch available from www.bootsplash.de
and recompile your kernel, enabling the require config options. Then you'll need to install splashutils and download a theme or two to work with, sound like fun? It's really not as bad as it sounds
Here's a link
that looks like it steps you through it if you have swaret installed. The kernel he's referring to is pretty old but the instructions should remain very similar for newer versions, you'll just need to find out if the newer love patches have bootsplash in them and if not, find a patchset that does.