Author: Ted Martens

Fan art for a radical game made by radical people – Ridiculous Fishing

Our friends, VlambeerZach Gage, and Greg Wohlwend, have finally released Ridiculous Fishing for iOS! It’s a beautiful remake of Vlambeer’s award winning game Radical Fishing from 2010. Go grab it! It’s hellafuuuuunnnn.

This is some fan art I made for them a few weeks ago, it uses the diamond preset shape and the outline tool in Hexels Pro.

p.s. Click on the image to see it at full, iPhone 5 resolution.

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Trixel Tuesday – coffee, meat, skulls, triangles

Happy Trixel Tuesday! Justin Chan surprised us with this incredible Hexels tribute piece a couple days ago, and I’m still giddy about it. Getting a poster printed soon – thanks again Justin!

Speaking of posters, here’s another stunning piece that’ll be finding a home on my wall soon. Ty Dunitz (@glitchritual) made it with pencil + Hexels Pro + Photoshop.

I saw my friend’s band On An On play this weekend, and I thought I’d use Trixel Tuesday as an excuse to make a band poster for them. Give them a listen on bandcamp, they’re really good! They’re headed to SXSW and will be playing in Austin March 13 – 16. I painted the background with right-angle, shifted trixels. Then I added texture and made the ‘On An On’ letters in Photoshop. Here’s the trixel background by itself.

Another juicy piece by Ty Dunitz. “If it doesn’t bleed, it ain’t lunch!” . Hexels Pro + Photoshop.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks by Ben Bruce. I love the reflection he added. Update: Ben Bruce wrote a review for Hexels, read it here.

Sworcery fan art by Diane Mueller (@MadamBerry). The Gogolithic Mass gazing up at the moon.

These were all partly or entirely made with the pro version of Hexels which is a grid-based art program designed and created by Ken and I. Hexels is free, and trixel shape mode is available in Hexels Pro along with the Custom Shape Editor, outlines, high res export, and a bunch of other neat stuff. Also, check out all the other great artwork made with both versions on the Made in Hexels tumblr.

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Trixel Ribbon

It’s time for another Trixel Tuesday! This is a typeface I made for some Hexels Pro banners I’ve been working on. I have no idea how to turn it into a computer font (or whatever you call it), but since it’s intended for titles and headers I don’t think that’s necessary. Here it is in a few different formats:



.AI (with same-colors grouped so they can be changed easily)

.PNG (with a transparent background)

This was made in the pro version of our grid-based art program called Hexels that will be released here on our website on Thursday Feb 28th!

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Trixel Tuesdays

Ken and I are done with all the development and tweaks for v1.0 of Hexels! It’s finally ready for release after a year and a half in development. We are insanely excited about being able to get it out there for people to try, and see what new artwork comes of it. There are a few things left to do like making the purchase page here on our site, and making some videos, but we’re pretty sure we can make it all happen and release before the end of the month.

I’m going to start making and posting trixel art on Trixel Tuesdays. Here’s the first one. Above is a Trixel Fireplace piece I made, and I added some wallpaper versions to the Goodies page. I got the idea from this beautiful piece of trixel fan art for Pixel Fireplace (below) made by my friend, Clemens Scott of Broken Rules (Chasing Aurora, And Yet It Moves). I was so surprised when he showed it to me because Hexels doesn’t currently have any animation features. It turned out that he made 8 separate files and put them together in Photoshop. Thanks again, Clemens! You can find more of his incredible work on his Tumblr.

Artist, graphic designer, and MVP Hexels beta tester, Natalie Hanke, has made a stunning series of 5 prints using Trixel shape mode combined with her workflow in Illustrator. Here’s Study of Suprematism – Print V. Click the image to see the other 4.

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