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While browsing various pixel art the other day I stumbled across a little gem of an application that I'd like to take a moment to talk about.

MagicaVoxel is a free lightweight 8-bit voxel editor and interactive path tracing renderer. I've not had a great deal of time to play with it yet but it's certainly a tool I'll be using for future projects I have in mind. It's a very simple application to get to grips with as you'll find out if you watch the video below. And if you're like me (40+ years) it'll give you not only a nostalgic buzz but a great level of satisfaction after crafting your first voxel creation. I certainly felt this in the first 30 minutes of loading up, exploring the interface and whipping up a quick voxel myself. 

You may have heard of award winning mobile games called Crossy Roads or Monument Vally and if you have, then wether you knew it or not, you'll be familiar with the world of Voxels. If you've not heard of Crossy Roads or Monument Vally (not the one on the Arizona-Utah border) and you're still interested in the creations that can be forged, then check this link for some stunning Voxel scenes.

The application was created by @ephtracy and can be downloaded from their GitHub page.

I'll be happy to post more about my adventures into the world of MagicaVoxel. Mainly because I love playing with new applications and expanding my tool belt, but also because I'd like to actually use this for future game production.  So check back for some voxel art updates in the near future.

Check out the quick video tutorial below.

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