Asset References

Even the most skilled and experienced artists create moodboards as references to create their content.

Where to Start

You may have an idea in your head of what you want a new asset to look like, but creating a moodboard or a collection of references can still help refine your ideas and reach a great outcome more quickly.

Seek a variety of art styles for inspiration.

Look for image references for shape, color, light, shadow, poses, motion, utility, etc.

Use a variety of media for inspiration, including photos, illustrations, LEGOs, pixel art, etc.

Review selections to identify key elements to emphasize on a smaller voxel scale.


Common main features of tigers and similar creatures in the Pinterest board below include stripes, ears, a nose/snout, and tail.

Translating to Voxel Assets

Aim for a recognizable and unique design

Determine if a template or other asset you’ve made will help save time

Use the most interesting reference and work it in VoxEdit until it feels alive

Build key elements consistent across your references into your design

Test to ensure it is recognizable from any distance (adjust color, light, shadow, and shape)

Aim for efficiency in face count and node count for better game performance

Ask this important question: Is this the best design possible?


The most recognisable bear face in the mood board and references of men in suits serve as inspiration for the final result on the right.

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