I’ve done a little GIF creation and pixel editting in the past, but I wanted to take another stab at making a sprite. I eventually found the awesome free program https://graphicsgale.com/us/.
I made a front and side view:
I decided to stick it in a neat scene from http://www.dorkly.com/post/74717/this-artist-is-a-master-of-the-relaxing-pixel-gif
Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a super easy way to automate the small movements through the 128 frames. I ended up setting up hotkeys and writing an Autoit macro to do some of the more tedious bits.