Floating cities, exotic villages and impossible landscapes, all made out of tiny blocks – welcome back to the world of voxel art, which you might have last visited playing Zelda on your sofa in the ‘80s. Your appropriately named guide is talented voxel artist Sir Carma.

Clearly voxels can be used beautifully, but what the hell are they? Voxels represent “a value on a regular grid in three-dimensional space,” according to Wikipedia. A 3D pixel, in normal-speak. And it may have died out in modern gaming, it now serves as some very tasty retro eye candy.

Like the videogames themselves, voxel art is just a hobby for Sir Carma – even if the incredible, detailed, often elegant worlds that he creates just out of tiny blocks make it hard to believe. From far-reaching landscapes to more intimate scenes that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the art form, Sir Carma shows off voxel art’s potential for beauty and brilliance.

Image: concept for a floating, futuristic city

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