Here are some thoughts and processes, describing how to switch from pixelart to voxelart. It’s not meant to be the only way to do it, we hope this will give you ideas for creating your own way!
Play by the Rules!
The default size is 32*32*32, which is translated to a Meter (3,2 f) on The Sandbox Universe.
32x32x32 is the maximum detail available to make inside a cubic meter. An avatar will be about 2 blocks in height (64 Voxels).
VoxEdit comes with a lot of templates to help you get started with your creations, however, please take a look at our technical guidelines to make sure your assets will work in the best way in the Game maker.
Get your Assets ready for the Marketplace
Once you’re done modeling and texturing, prepare your assets for the marketplace!
Hints and Tips
Let’s focus on some details from the scene.
Adding volume to the overall texture is great - no need to overdo it, only use subtle variations here and there.
When texturing, keep in mind that the model should be readable from a distance. Keep it light, you can add worn-out effects (humidity, dark corners...) if wanted.
I always found it usefull to add some light intention when texturing (painted shadows and highlights). This effect should be faint since we will already have lights and shadows in the renderer.
Try to keep diagonals as even as possible, with the same amount/ratio of blocks.
Large overall scale
Any detail added to the pattern of terrain cubes, would have to be added through the Atlas system
The squared pattern that was suggested in the pixel mockup can be reproduced here, and adds cohesion and readability to the models
A good way to determine the scale of any monster is to focus on their eye: a single dark dot for the pupil, a white one underneath to give it some toon aspect, and you’ve got your ratio.
Is it meant to be animated?
Parts that are meant to be animated, are different models that are 'linked' together when rigging a model in VoxEdit
Lava and water tiles should be handled via the aforementioned Atlas system
Again, try to give your model some light intention coming from one way. Add quick details such as holes and roots.