Voxel Magic!

So, I have been playing with a new freeware tool called MagicaVoxel, which allows you to build voxel-based models, which you can then import into your projects for free.

MagicaVoxel: Playing with blocks was never this fun.

I decided to do a bit of toying around and create a building. I ended up going for a futuristic base in the middle of the ocean:

I thought it came out rather nice, truth be told, for a first try.  Using this program is addictive, I have to tell you, and soon you will find yourself carried away by the sheer joy of building. Soon, I decided I wanted to try my hand at something a little more challenging, like a beach location. Something with a little bit of organic shapes. So, I ended up with:

You know, it’s still a pretty passable attempt. It certainly wouldn’t look too out of place in the more stylized type of games. I am definitely getting into the groove of things, and I am thinking I’d like to try my hand at a more organic-looking tree. I can do that, right? It’ll take a little bit more work ,but surely ’tis doable! So there I go:

I’m definitely getting the hang of things here. Detailing the organic treetops requires a lot of manual passes, though, so I can see why some people would go for the more stylized treetops. Speaking of stylized trees, I decided I’d try to do one, my way, and so I ended up with this voxel kitty stuck on top of a stylized autumn voxel tree:

And that’s when I discovered that MagicaVoxel lets you export your creations in both isometric sprites and 2D sprites! Well, I had to go back over everything I had tried and just see how those turned out! Predictably, some views look better than others, and I can see how the 2d view for some locations might need to be touched up before they’re usable:

So, as a test, I decided to do a rendition of my character, Vorpal, the superheroic Cheshire Cat. My first attempt went for a very basic pixel art character approach:

That’s pretty cute, actually. But I decided I could go with a more complex model, and thus I finally ended up with this:

Now that’s more satisfying!

My verdict: MagicaVoxel is a lovely tool, easy to use and easy to learn. It’ll have you building in no time, and you’ll surprise yourself with what you can do.

Download the program here! 

Maus Merryjest

I'm an artist, an opera singer, and a dreamer. You can trust what I have to say!

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