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I never thought that I'd need one of these, but since I get asked the same questions a lot lately, I'll just post my answers here for easy reference (it may be updated as needed). Please don't think of me as rude if I just refer you to this F.A.Q. instead of answering you directly.

Q1: Do you take requests?
No. I have taken requests in the past (and even then only of things that were interesting to me) but making sprites of random OCs for random people is not very high on my list of priorities. Please understand that this is something I do for fun and as much as I appreciate others liking my work, I prefer to make things I personally like and at my own leisure.

Q2: What about commissions / art-trades?
Commissions: Not at the moment. Should I change my mind someday, I'll make an announcement, but even then, keep in mind that Desktop Ponies (or "trotters") will never be available for commission in accordance with the Desktop Ponies project's terms of use.
Art-trades: Well, it doesn't hurt to ask, so just send me a note (please be specific about what you want and are willing to offer in return). Whether I'll accept or not really depends on my mood and the amount of free time I have, though, so please don't be mad if I decline.

Q3: Where can I download the program / your ponies for the program?
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 separately in my thread in the Desktop Ponies forum. Alternatively, you can find some of my downloadable characters in this folder.
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 didn't intend to turn it into a full desktop pony for whatever reason.
You can also visit the Desktop Ponies group on deviantArt for more info (and even more ponies): :icondesktop-pony-team:

Q4: May I use your sprites?
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).
However, this does not include simply uploading them to your gallery or making bases of my original animations.
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.

Q5: Can you post (insert pony sprite) facing left?
I don't know why, but I get this question a lot.
Usually, I don't bother posting sprites for both directions, simply because for the most part they are the same sprites, just mirrored. And even when they are different from each other, the difference is usually so subtle that it doesn't really feel necessary for me to post both versions.
If you really want to look at my sprites facing left, my full Desktop Ponies usually have the sprites facing both directions (see Q3).

Q6: How do you make those sprites?
Well, I draw all my sprites in Paint Shop Pro 5 (but pretty much any picture editing program will do, preferably one that supports layers) and make the animated gifs with MS Gif Animator (which is simple but easy to use and can be downloaded for free here). I also made a simple tutorial for a basic trotting animation which you can find here.


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xXJordano1337Xx 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Hello. I think your sprites and pixel animation work is just AMAZING. I watched you and gave you a llama because I am thrilled by your work. Love   
Botchan-MLP 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you =D
xXJordano1337Xx 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome. ^ET^
amyroselover504 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Ummm hi.....This desktop pony thing is confusing and frusterating can I have your .PSD file or .Gimp or the files you have all your stuff on? because it's easy for you and not for us.
Botchan-MLP 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, but what is your problem?
amyroselover504 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Well I can't make a DP in paint and put all the images together
Botchan-MLP 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if all you have to work with is Paint than my WIP files are of no use to you anyway because I make heavy use of layers.
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Queen-Electric-Wolf 5 days ago  Student General Artist
May I pay you points for a request? 
Botchan-MLP 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't do commissions.
Seriously people, read the FAQ.
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