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Minimalist My Little Pony Mane Avatars by Mediumdeviation Minimalist My Little Pony Mane Avatars by Mediumdeviation
From left to right:

Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle, Derpy, Princess Cadance, Princess Celestia
Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Lyra, Octavia, Cheerilee
Applejack, Rarity, Scootaloo, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch

Download individual avatars + alternative design for Apple Bloom, Rainbow Dash and Bon Bon: [link]

Please don't hesitate to send me a note if you need the vector source to any of these. If you use these, attribution on your 'about me' page or equivalent is appreciated though not required.

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These are a set of avatars produced for a site I frequent. The requirements for these are somewhat more stringent than the usual avatar requirements. Some are because of the site, and some are more personal.

1. They must be squares - the site uses a drop shadow on avatars, which means non-square avatar will get an ugly border around them

2. It must be recognizable at sizes ranging from 16x16 to 48x48 to 128x128. Most users don't care about the smallest size, but I prefer the avatar to be recognizable even at 16px instead of just being a mesh-mash of colors

3. It should be subtle. I don't like my avatar to scream My Little Pony, though it should still be easily recognized by anyone who watched the show.

That leaves us with a few options. Pixel art is one - I'll probably return to this option later on. Cutie Marks is another obvious option, but that's a little too easy. So what other part of each pony's anatomy is distinctive?

The mane is a pretty good option - it's different for each pony, and very recognizable, so I went with that. Squeezing some of the manes into a square is a challenge. Pinkie's looks a little weird without the curls on the top, and I'll probably need to redo Applejack's to use her ponytail and hairband, which is more distinctive. Rarity's is really hard - her mane has far too much detail. The one you see here is the fourth iteration, and it still doesn't look satisfactory.

Here's what they look like reduced to 16x16: [link]. Critique, suggestions and comments are very welcome!
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:iconnimaru:
Heyo. I'm building a new website and I'd like to use your pic for a "how to use this site" guide. I don't need it for major website graphics or features, just a minor thing if that's ok. 
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:iconrainbowdash39:
RainbowDash39 Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist

I bet you I can name them all without looking


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:iconjaysk8:
JaySk8 Oct 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Used for wallpaper! <3 jaysk8.deviantart.com/art/How-…
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:icontails-doll-lover:
Tails-Doll-Lover Apr 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Ohhh, these are cool! Can I use one of 'em?
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:iconmediumdeviation:
Mediumdeviation Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sure, be my guest
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:iconlittleprincessluna:
LittlePrincessLuna Mar 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
can you do a luna one?
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:iconvercatosso:
These are so good! Such a creative idea! I'm using the Rarity one right now on my favorite forum :D
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:icontetrisbl:
Can you do a Spitfire one? PWEASE?
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:iconptomus:
should have filled the empty space with Luna's Mane.
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:iconmediumdeviation:
Mediumdeviation Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I stated my reasoning here: [link], but tl;dr: Luna's mane is kind of boring, and I can't find a good, accurate color guide for her
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