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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: At this moment, no.

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 using 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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FillerArtist Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is a bit late. But those revamped Featherweight sprites look a ton better. (Happy you did a proper flying animation. As mine wasn't that good)
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
Yeah, I don't know why I made him so large and dopey looking before.
FillerArtist Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably because most pictures of him show him being rather tall. (It wasn't until I seen him in Twilight Time that I realized he was rather short)
gamerjohn022691 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Here's my concept for the next version's update:

Discord and Tirek having voice clips ripped directly from the show
Interactivity between Queen Chrysalis and Fluffle Puff, based on :iconmixermike622:'s Fluffle Puff Tales videos on YouTube
More lines for the Mane Six ripped from the show's fourth season
Interactivity between Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps, based on Rainbow Falls
New animations for Pinkamena Diane Pie based on the horror-themed fanfiction, Cupcakes
New lines for Filly Rainbow Dash based on the captivating fanfiction, My Little Dashie
Interactivity between Boxxy Brown and Derpy Hooves
Interactivity between Twilight Sparkle (Unicorn) and Nightmare Moon
Interactivity between Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust
Interactivity between Snips and Snails, semi-based on Magic Duel
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, some of those ideas are okay, but don't expect any of the fan-characters or concepts from fanfics to be part of an official update.
Though You could still release things like that in the OC-thread in ponychan.
gamerjohn022691 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
pulchra-mortuus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Your sprites are the absolute best~ I know that you said that people can use your sprites, but I wanted to make sure. I cross stitch, and was wondering if I can use one for that purpose <i wytiwyg="1" don't="" sell="" them;="" worry="">. Thank you for your amazing art!</i>
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, as long as you give credit, no problem :)
Pixel-Shy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You mind if I make a animation with  your twilight sprites?
Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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