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I've made this F.A.Q. because I get asked the same questions over and over. It may be updated as needed. Please don't think of me as rude if I just refer you to this instead of answering you directly.

Q1: Do you take requests / commissions / art-trades?
:bulletred: Requests and commissions, at this moment, no.
:bulletyellow: Art-trades... eh, maybe. For the time being, you may send me a note if you're interested, just be specific about what you want from me and what you are willing to offer in return. Also, please be aware that I may decline trade-requests for whatever reason. Since I've got quite a few offers by now, I won't accept new trades for the time being. Please check back some other time. :)

Q2: When will you start accepting them?
:bulletred: Maybe someday. Maybe never. If I decide to do so, I'll make an announcement and / or update this FAQ accordingly. Until then, please don't bother asking me.

Q3: Where can I download the program?
:bulletblue: The program can be found at this ponychan thread. It's updated pretty often, so check back every once in a while for the newest version.

Q4: Where can I find your ponies for the program?
:bulletblue: Most of my ponies are either already included with the current versions of the program if they are canon (meaning they appeared in the show) or right here if they are not.
:bulletyellow: Note: If one of my sprites isn't available as a desktop pony, it's either because I didn't finish the entire spriteset yet (in this case, I might or might not get to it at a later date or someone else might make the missing sprites - making Desktop Ponies can often turn into a collaborative effort) or I simply never intended to turn it into a full desktop pony for whatever reason.
You can also visit the Desktop Ponies group on :dalogo: for more info (and even more ponies): :icondesktop-pony-team:

Q5: May I use your sprites?
:bulletblue: If you want to use my desktop pony sprites as an avatar or in your game projects, I'm generally okay with this as long as you give credit (and preferably link back). Just don't claim them as your own or make money of them (and yes, DA points count as money).
:bulletred: However, this does not include simply uploading them to your gallery or making bases of my original animations.
:bulletyellow: Also, keep in mind that I didn't create my sprites with deviantArt-avatars in mind, so most of them would need some cropping/resizing to use them as such. Please don't ask me to do this for you.

Q6: Can you post (insert pony sprite) facing left?
:bulletred: No.
Usually, I don't bother posting sprites for both directions, simply because for the most part they are the same sprites, just mirrored (with maybe some subtle changes).
If you really want to look at my sprites facing left, most of my full Desktop Ponies have them facing both directions (see Q4).

Q7: How do you make those sprites?
:bulletyellow: Personally, I draw all my sprites in Paint Shop Pro 5 and animate the gifs with either MS Gif Animator (which is simple but easy to use and can be downloaded for free here) or with Animation Shop (which came with PSP).
PSP is not free, but pretty much any picture editing program will do, preferably one that supports layers. If you're looking for a free one, try Gimp.
I've also made a simple tutorial for a basic trotting animation which you can find here.

Q8: Can you teach me how to sprite / use certain programs?
:bulletred: No, sorry. Please just search the web or deviantArt for tutorials if you need them.

Q9: Your sprites are contradicting my headcanon! :stupidme:
:bulletblack: Now technically, that's not a question, but I'll answer it anyway.
Not to sound rude, but I don't really care. If you want to tell others about your ideas on what various characters should be like, how they should behave or what they should be named (I still get complaints about how the canonically named Bulk Biceps should be called Snowflake or whatever other names some people prefer), go to your own deviantArt page and write a fanfic or rant about it in your journal or whatever. My comment sections are not the place for that kind of stuff.

Thank you for reading. :thanks:


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mymelody64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm trying to block my sister but i don't know ho. can you tell me how to block or ban people?
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? DeviantArt has a FAQ, you know?
But anyway, there are basically two ways to block someone: 1. If the person has posted a comment somewhere on your page, you can click on the little pencil icon to find the "block user" option. Or
2. Go to your "Settings". Under "Personal/General" you can find a box titled "Blocked Users" where you can write the username of the person you want to block.
mymelody64 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you SO much. she has been bothering me for so long i couldn't stand her
strawberrymeopin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello there, I have a question

Are we able to use your desktop pony templates for art requests? Non-profit, because someone wants me to make one of their OC and I'm not sure if it's okay with you.
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, using them for free requests is perfectly fine. :)
Kittykat-Rainbow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Can you make me a trotting base?
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can find templates in :iconanonycat:'s gallery.
KoalasparkleM Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! I saw some of your really cool waking animations and I was wondering if you have art trades open? I am fine if there not. 
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi. Sorry, but art trades are closed at the moment.
KoalasparkleM Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh kk c:
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