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Blender Grease Pencil Storyboard Animatic Tutorial

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6 PART Video tutorial series covering how to use Blender Grease Pencil for 2d-3d hybrid storyboards and animatics.


This tutorial series is currently available on my youtube channel for free:

PART 1 Contents:

-Intro and UI/Navigation Tips


– Create Grease Pencil Object

– Draw mode, Canvas modes and Orientation

– Standard Brushes

-'Super Simple Man 2D' – Layers and materials

- Bonus round : Sculpt and Edit modes (brief)

PART 2 contents:

– EXAMPLE SCENE 1 cont.- LAYOUT STAGE (the real fun starts here)

– Blocking out a plan / path

– Roughing out 2D poses

– 2D -3D Hybrid and its flexibility

– Refining artwork

– Cameras : create, keyframing and lenses

PART 3 contents:

- EXAMPLE SCENE 1 cont – Step by step

– Roughing out time lapse

– Clean up and time lapse

– Secondary character

– Exploring camera angles

-Bonus round : Interpolation modes (Linear v Constant)

PART 4 contents:

– EXAMPLE SCENE 2 – 3D Object Parenting

– 3D Object for layout and ref

– Parenting Grease Pencil to 3D Object

– FX layer : Rim light ; Modifier : Hue/saturation/ Tint

PART 5 contents:

– EXAMPLE SCENE 3 – Advanced action , flight path, multiple cameras

– Camera view

– 'Super simple man 3D' – basic animation, camera

– Camera Constraint for camera tracking

– Make GP Object , parent to 3D

– Rough and clean layers time lapse

– Switching Cameras on timeline ; markers + binding

PART 6 contents:

– EXAMPLE SCENE 4 – Rotoscoping in 3D Space

– Mixamo and importing FBX animation

– Setting up GP for rotoscoping

– Optimal viewport for rotoscoping

(PART 6 NOTE : The purpose of this video is stated clearly as being specifically geared towards rotoscoping freeware 3d animations, as part of the previs (previsualisation) process. Mixamo is free and allows for the animations to be used in personal, commercial and non profit projects. Please do not use any animations that you do not have the right/permissions to. I am not encouraging the use of rotoscoping for beginners as something to lean on, but for use as part of a particular process.)


"Scaffold Building pack 1" kit created by StarGraveStudios/ Copper Stache available on Blendswap. Used as part f a creative commons license CC-BY : This license allows reusers to distribute,remix,adapt,and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

All other content created by Paul Coulthard, Spitfire Storyboards

This tutorial series is currently available on my youtube channel for free:

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6 part tutorial for creating storyboards and animatics in with Blender Grease Pencil. Blender files included.

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Blender Grease Pencil Storyboard Animatic Tutorial

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