I'm sure a lot of people like the default MV sprites, but I wanted to offer an alternative to that, called sprite+. Those are a bit taller and have somewhat more realistic proportions while still remaining in the same style as the MV graphics, and still looking cute. Which is what this thread is for.
I also recommend Avery's Tutorial: Make Sprites great again, which can help you with your own edits. As well as her tutorial Killing me softly - down poses for MV. It shows you how to do down poses.
If you want to recolor yourself or just reference my different skintones, you can use this handy palette.
This is a 4 pixel smaller template, usable for teens or just a bit of height variance between characters. I would advise you to dress the sprite in adult size, save the adult size and then shrink it down and save the teen size. This way, you have options for later. Here is a picture that shows you in red which lines I removed:
Please note, that the lines are different depending on the frame. Depending on the clothes and hairstyles you might want to move those lines 1px up or down, but those are roughly the location they should be in. You have to adjust the arms a bit to smooth out transition errors. I also made the chest slightly more youthlike. Just refer to my template to check where you have to make adjustments. You can also only remove 2 pixel lines, if you just want a smaller adult.
Please note, that the heavy template is still a work in progress. Try it out and leave your feedback in the comments. I'm happy with it right now, but maybe you have spotted something that could be done better?
Sitting on a chair:
I know that the templates alone are not that particular useful without clothing, but I'm working on the first conversions of the default mv actors.
Feel free to leave feedback and suggestions here. This is not a workshop, sadly I don't have the time to make custom variants. But if you have general suggestions what poses and behaviours you think, could be useful, let me know. If you have made your own add-ons for this sprite size, I'm curious to see them.