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Thursday, March 3, 2016

2D Animation in 3D with Blender

Good news for 2D animation artists. Blender, the open source 3D modeling and animation program has a new feature called Grease Pencil which allows you to create 2D animation in 3D space. Your sketches can be converted into editable geometry which can be used in the animation process. You can also create layers with depth.

You have got to check this out! Thanks for the info Mike.

Here is another post you may enjoy on 2D to 3D software:


  1. Really amazing stuff; I watched 3 of the blender vids on this tool.

    Question: is there a way to easily draw multiple keys and then the breakdown/inbetween? Meaning, do you know if you can draw

    A on frame 1
    B on frame 10
    and then onion skin, and then draw C (breakdown/inbetween) on # 5?

    That would really make this tool quite a thing, if so.

  2. I'm a 2D guy myself and have not yet messed with Blender. The only thing I can suggest might be checking some resources like these:

    (see section on key frames)


    Please reply back if you figure this out.

  3. Thanks! this looks promising:

    Now in practice, controlling a long series of inbetweens might be a slog, but looks like it's possible in theory.

  4. If you get it working let us know.
    Post some test for us to see.

    Thanks your feedback.

  5. Not much chance of me being able to for a while yet; snowed under with other work - but I'll be keeping an eye on this one, see how other people do with it.