Create grid-based art with new $25 painting tool Hexels

Marmoset – whose photorealistic WebGL-based Marmoset Viewer we recently integrated into ArtStation – has released Hexels, a fun new $25 tool for creating grid-based art.

In addition to actual hexels (‘sci-fi honeycombs’), Hexels lets you paint with trixels for isometric shapes, Voronoi shapes for a stained glass effect, or create good old-fashioned pixel art.

As well as creating new paintings, the software can stylise existing images you import; and you can apply textures or glows to the hexels for a more subtle, customisable look.

Once completed, you can export the image in SVG format, or as an XML or CSV file to use online.

You can get an idea of the range of images Hexels is capable of creating in the video above, or by checking out the product website via the link below. It’s available for Windows and Mac.

Read a full list of features in Hexels on the software’s product page

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Jim Thacker is a contributing editor for ArtStation Magazine.