2nd Edition

Blender 2D Animation The Complete Guide to the Grease Pencil

By John M. Blain Copyright 2024
    216 Pages 828 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    216 Pages 828 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    216 Pages 828 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    Blender 2D Animation: The Complete Guide to the Grease Pencil, Second Edition describes how to access the Grease Pencil component in Blender and create 2D animation within the Blender 3D environment. It is assumed that the reader has no previous knowledge of the Blender program and treats 2D animation using the Grease Pencil as a standalone application. Grease Pencil is a component of the 3D modeling and animation program, Blender. Blender is a free, open-source, 3D, computer graphics, software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.

    Key Features
    • A comprehensive beginner's guide to the Grease Pencil component of Blender facets of operation is explained in short concise chapters with cross references.
    • Written instruction is accompanied by diagram illustrations in reference to the program's Graphical User Interface.
    • The book is also available in a discounted set along with The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics: Computer Modeling & Animation.

    1 Introducing the Grease Pencil

    2 Drawing Strokes 

    3 Editing Strokes 

    4 Coloring and Customising – Strokes/Brushes 

    5 The Canvas Explained

    6 Placing Strokes

    7 Stroke Effects

    8 Background Image Tracing

    9 3D Objects

    10 Animating Strokes

    11 Animating a Character

    12 Armatures for Posing

    13 Creating New Scenes

    14 Wrap Up and Render 

    15 Making a Movie

    16 Using a Drawing Tablet 

    17 Download & Installation

    18 Navigate & Save

    19 Using Add-ons

    20 Internet resources

    21 Index


    John M. Blain has become a recognized expert in Blender having eight successful prior editions of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics to date. John became enthused with Blender on retirement from a career in Mechanical Engineering. The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics originated from personal notes compiled in the course of self-learning. The notes were recognized as an ideal instruction source by Neal Hirsig, Senior Lecturer (Retired) at Tufts University. Neal encouraged publication of the First Edition and in doing so is deserving of the author's gratitude. Gratitude must also be extended to the author's wife Helen for her continuing encouragement and patience as new editions of the book are compiled.