Learning Blender 3D’s Grease Pencil – Day 1 & 2

After much temptation I have now finally started my attempts to try to learn Grease Pencil in Blender 3D. I have dabbled for a while with Blender in general. Doing some abstract models and animations. But now is the time for me to jump in to do what I have spent most of my hobbies doing. 2D animation.

This will be an intermittent series of posts where I simply document what I am doing in Grease Pencil. Following various tutorials and trying to find ways to learn this thingamajigg enough to be able to call myself proficient in it.

Day 1 consisted of just getting a hang of the interface. How to draw simple lines. How to make the keyframes play in the order I want. And what better way to do that than to bring out ye olde bouncing ball. When all else fails. One never can go wrong with the bouncy ball.

Day 2 is today and I went ahead doing some more bouncy balls.

But balls are fun and all,, though I wanted to try out colors. So instead of a bouncy ball, here’s a blinking ducky… thing…

Ok… I realize now that exporting these as videos might not be that great of an idea as I they are very short loops. But with that ducky thingy I did find a rather nice workflow thing where I basically set up each color as a material. And I can then hot-swap them after I did the coloring of the drawings and it automatically updates on all frames that uses that material/color. I mean… this is a feature I have heard of for years and it seems like a very nice thing to have when doing big projects. So in a sense, it’s basically just me being late to the proverbial party.

Oh, well..

I’ll see if I can get some more stuff through this thing.

Oh, and holy heck it’s been a long time since I did anything on this site.

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