Learn Grease Pencil 2D Animation in Blender 2.8 Alpha 2

Hi guys! Matias Mendiola here, storyboard artist and member of the grease pencil team as you know Grease Pencil was
merged recently into Blender 2.8 Alpha 2 I want to show you in this quick video
the basics of Grease Pencil and how it works but before we start please be aware that
Grease Pencil is in Alpha so you can expect a lot of improvements and a lot of
changes in the future. Also be aware that Grease Pencil and EEVEE require a good
graphics card to perform nicely so be aware of that too.
That’s it. Let’s start! As you may know the old Grease Pencil was separated in two different tools. new grease pencil upset so if you only
want to add notes here in the pupil or in other editors in blender you should
use annotation annotation has only very basic setting to do that if you want to
make complex things like to the animation or storyboarding you should
use the grease pencil object you can find annotation at the bottom of the
toolbar to add new notes just select the rotate tool and start to draw a frikkin there are also other annotation tool for
make lines polygons for the light note use the eraser the notes are grouped in
layers in the sidebar you’ll find an annotation panel for manage the note you
can add or delete new note layers change the color the thickness and turn-on of
the visibility but if you want to hide all of your note at once you can go to
the open a pop-up and turn off annotation RIS pencil is not anymore all over the
place in the blender interface is now a real new option in blender with its own
properties and modes so let’s see how to work with this new object to start
working with grease pencil we need to first add a new option to work with to
add the object go to the add menu on your fangerous pencil there with three
option blank to add an empty object to a start from scratch
stroke to add a simple line among key to add a 2d Suzanne stroke a monkey have
also proceeded layers and materials to make it easier to start working in
option more grease pencil behaves like any other updating blender you can move
rotate scale parent or do anything that other object in blender could there are
several places where you can find things related to grease pencil the object data
where you can find the 2d layer and set object properties the material panel to
create materials for stroke and field modifiers with a special modifier for
grease pencil the effects a totally new concept in blender to add real-time
effects in the viewport in the top sheet responsive has its own mode to animate
their keyframes there is also a section in overlays for grease pencil and in
certain modes like in pro mode you can find a special brushes in the toolbar
and top bar and in the tool setting to help artists blender will have an
especial workspace called 2d animation the workplace reminds to the painting
software the white background help to work with black strokes you have a
toolbar in grow mode that shows a set of preset brushes on the right side the
opposite liner materials are very useful at the bottom you have a timeline and a
top sheet to work with your 2d animations let’s do a quick drawing session to know
more about brushes layers and materials we are going to start with a blank
grease pencil up set and enter in draw mode by default the stroke will be
placed at object origin but you can use 3d cursor or made surface if you want
the easiest way to know where you are going to draw in the 3d space is
activate the cameras grid in overlays unlock your stroke to one of the axis Y
X ozzie in our case we’re going to lock on Y and enter in camera view and to get
rid of these threatening things I’ll turn off all the overlays
before start roaming I’m gonna add some new materials renamed ad format us black
and add a great one with solid fill color you Akira’s is not just solid colors you can
also create more complex materials with texture or gradient if you want
to start drawing select one of the preset brushes then select the materials
you want to use and start to draw on the viewport to keep your drawing organized you can
add delete or modify to the layers in the object data panel you can also lock
layers turn on/off visibility or modify the opacity the brushes are actually
preset settings you can change the settings in the top bar and in the tool
settings for different list structure results to raise you can select one of the
racers soft heart or line to the light and dryer lines a scalp mode is very useful to trigger
growing and improve your lines you can a smooth shank thickness and
move struck softly with proportional editing on in edit mode you can delete purchases
join split or subdivided strokes in a similar way as mesh object Phil / – can use to feel a cloud strokes
area with a solid color you can use Alt key to create temporary boundary strokes
to close an open area and above this version of your color or you can hold
ctrl key to Mono you draw solid fill areas you can add modifiers or effects to your
grease pencil object to deform change color and many other things in a
non-destructive way last I want to show you how to work on a
bird basic animation we are going to change their character expression add in
some keyframe and using the duck sheet to adjust the timing to work in the
animation use the top sheet and make sure you are using the grease pencil
context rich pencil will create a keyframe on every frame you draw new
strokes you can start with a blank frame or you
can copy an existing key frame with shifty on the top sheet for use onion
skinning you have to turn it down on the layer you want to use and also be sure
that you have the onion skinning overlay activated move your keyframes to adjust timing well that’s all for now this was just
another view of grease pencil remembered grease pencil is an alpha version and
stay tuned because we are working on a more detail it I complete tutorials to
be published on the blender club so see you there and stay tuned and thanks for
watching bye


  • Amanda Fredette

    Could you make animated films in the style of Disney’s Deep Canvas program in it like how they made Tarzan?! 😀

    Example: 2D painting background in the very back, then 3D models for trees or anything like that to create depth in a background and then 2D paint the 3D object…with a 2D animated character on top of it? 🙂

  • dony ignazio

    the strokes has too many vertex it hard to handle if we want some tune, were is the bezier control ?? even if we do simplify the strokes turn into corner shape …its strange way to create the nice organic stroke !! i think it need some more development to the draw tool

  • Alina Bugrova

    thank you very much for your tutorial! I learned a lot! how do you set the pivot point for scaling (13:16)? I tryed to press Shift+S and to select "cursor to selected" and everything else.. what do I actually have to do after making the mentioned selection?

  • Risodair

    what kind of tablet do you have?

  • Rudy

    Holy sht, n this is simply built into Blender now??
    Downloaded it lol, but the layout is way different from yours, how do I find the option to lock to the y-axis, both it and the origin button aren't on my upper right like yours are

  • TheMeriMouse

    Very helpful thank you, I was following an artist that draws in Blender with brush-shapes and I had no idea how he did it. Gonna go try with control key now haha

  • Sandy Watson

    i am blown away by this. thanks for the tute!

  • Crazy Variety Tv

    Good teaching Sir. Easy learning by doing.

  • rutebmg

    This interface is for tablet? Or I get the same look for desktop computer?

  • rutebmg

    friend the purpose of the channel is present the features or teach, know the mainline help to best absorber the content.


    can you do a updated version of this?

  • Ananda Krishnan

    Goodbye to other 2D Animation tools. Working in 3D space is another story you can't tell.

  • steprockmedia

    Blender has ALWAYS been amazing, but I really feel like this next release (in Beta as I write) is going to be a whole new level. The interface is tighter and easier to approach. There are new tools like this one. It's going to rock the industry! SO proud to have been a Blender user for all these years. Congrats to you all.

  • Justice For Seth Rich WWG1WGA

    Blender has to be one of the best pieces of open source software ever!

  • sidanimator

    I want to learn drawing from basics to the point where I can draw humans with anatomy concept…is there any course that will help me in that..?
    Does anyone know…?
    I would really appreciate it..


  • Kecambah Animations

    wow… we can make 2d in blender…? amazing…

  • Atoool K

    Wow amazing!

  • Atoool K

    that 2d animation looked so easy to create 😮

  • Red Edwards

    BLENDER 2.8 has eliminated the need to "….SPEND a SINGLE cent on such a stupid wall"…what I actually mean is there is no need to SPEND those big dollars on the like of Maya, Zbrush, Lightwave, etc….The only software not yet "taken down" by blender is Vue Infinite…..but a shot across the bow has been fired!…Donate to Blender today…I did

  • Red Edwards

    It would be great if Grease Pencil created the INTRA point to point animation automatically..as is done in Blender animation…Great tool anyway. Thanks for posting.

  • Ольга Руднева

    Life is worth living just to see what Blender is going to be able to do next lol. Thanks for the great tutoial!

  • Aussie Gamer

    The monkey looks like Vin Diesel

  • AJ Casugod


  • yogissjKaio

    Video is so brilliantly done and all the needed information perfectly shown. Thanks for posting, Great !!

  • Human_Robot 3D

    What if you want to import a character made of several layers from Photoshop into Blender for 2D animations with IK and mesh deformation ? Is that possibe with 2.8?

  • Ahmet GÜRBÜZ

    Very helpful video, thank you…

  • Ichabod Locust

    This video would be bomb if someone translated it for English-speakers.

  • JazzE

    Thank you! This is really helpful. 😀

  • Lance Dumlao

    I love to draw but I can't even make a decent circle in grease pencil. Did you do that by only using your mouse or did you use other equipment as well like drawing pad? Please help me. I'm really into 2d animation because it reminds me of my childhood. btw, this tutorial is amazing and really helpful.

  • Gem Games

    Wondering if anyone could help because I'm at my wits end, I'm using 2.79, I'm having trouble selecting and moving a whole frame of the grease pencil drawing (I'm using the dope sheet as well), when I click 'a' and highlight the whole layer in orange (in edit mode) and then click and drag, the move tool then decides to only select a single vertex and drags it out. This is driving me nuts and I've tried turning to forums but to no avail. I'm using a camera movement so I want to move the character in tune with the camera shot, wondering if it might have something to do with this?

  • Jinx La'rue


  • Sara T

    I don't have the general menu on top of my page. does anyone know how I can activate that?

  • Rancher o

    This seems way different than the steam version… Am I missing something?

  • Rancher o

    This seems way different than the steam version… Am I missing something?

  • Master Shirazi

    I made the mistake of coloring after animating, and when I realized I would have to color each frame individually, I just gave up.

  • evilsbrother

    WOW, this changes everything. I can animate without having to re-draw every single thing!

  • Cris Rod


  • Ravi Kumar

    Thank you Matias Mendiola because of you i mastered grease pencil keep on doing awesome tutorials Thank you Blender

  • Cécile Jourdan


  • Zain Ul Abideen

    I am extremely beginner, where are the missing steps? how did you get to 2d animation mode? mann

  • Marcio Vasconcellos

    E eu querendo aprender ilustrator e Adobe Animation

  • Jeff Taylor

    The 2.8 I downloaded and installed is not the same.

  • Diego de Paula

    Amazing professional and quick tutorial

  • David Avila

    why dont I have any option for brushes?

  • azmk k

    such a shame youtubers dont know how to pronounce words properly.

    bro you did try very hard but its not a good way of tutorials.

  • TheCivildecay

    Yes please! are those brush strokes editable?

  • New Guy

    Can you just make 3d object and then put some shader idk or tweak it to make 2d animation ?

  • Warriors

    how can I zoom and pan with my pencil in cintiq?

  • Rachael404

    I dont have any of the windows you have on the right spent two hours looking up tutorials and trying to figure it out myself just how to fill a circle with color. IMHO this program really isn't ready for artists its just too overly complicated and to say its user friendly is basically a big joke.

  • Okan Ozsatici

    9:28 guys my english is not enough to understand everything. Can you help me? which button is that key (alt+key). is it k? if is that k its not working on my computer. This is the alpha version so did they change the button on full version?

  • Game Controller

    We should give that guy in the thumbnail a name: Mr. Blender

  • 絶望の志乃

    GOD DAMN that music is painful to listen to.

  • Dank Rock

    Hello, I’ve just purchased a Mac book pro, will the graphics card Intel® Iris™ work with this ?

  • sanhok exe

    I am from Indonesia and like how to teach you

  • T W

    Make me want to learn Blender, like it a lot, thanks

  • Clarke Courchaine

    Please help, I have money depending on this

  • Luckys Happy

    Lol, I'm in seventh grade, and I kinda wanna make an animation. Just need to learn how to draw…

  • Srinivas Katta

    thanks a lot.

  • Maisonier

    amazing video !!! could be awesome more videos of 2d animation in blender, how to connect with some 2.5d animation

  • Double Dagger Tees

    This is nice, and I've played with Blender in the past, but I don't know how to get just the General tab at the top, or how to find the layers view to turn of different annotations. I'll watch the whole thing though.

  • Double Dagger Tees

    Is there a way to share settings or viewports like the startup file, so that 2D animators can start by opening Blender and already be in the setup found at 5:20?

  • Paul Kiely

    Inspiring indeed!

  • Niven A. Nolte

    Thank you.

  • Peter Prinsen

    Finally the machine that does it all!

  • Wither

    who else clicked because they thought they saw Abdo from Ownage Pranks

  • Mike Milo

    It's unfortunate that in the final release they chose to hide all the cool brushes you're using. It's just one brush now. Not sure how to find or tweak the brush to be like the inking one you were using.

  • Jason Ferguson

    I learned but would of preferred discussion and reinforcement of what the tools do over or instead of the music. I know there is more to come. That’s just my feedback. Thanks

  • Michael Leatherbury

    how do you move the camera? like when they rotated the final product, i cant figure out how?

  • AdrianSOC

    Muy bueno ;D

  • Jourdan Boyle

    Maybe this is a dumb question…but…is there a way to grease pencil over video footage or a jpg sequence?

  • Yume Sekai

    Ahw! I'd never been so exited in using Blender right now

  • KittenKidnap Ch.

    hey what did you use it that a mouse or pencil

  • Taj Mahal

    Great tute! Easy to understand and follow. Thanks!

  • shaun03a

    at least it’s less of a pain in the ass to use than flash mx2004

  • HansVGinkel

    What's your USB input device?
    It's not a USB mouse I presume.

  • Spazzls

    Rip flash

  • Chubawaba

    Wow this is such a great tutorial. Thank you very much x

  • Sku11bro Pat

    …how do you go into camera view?

  • Yikes Maestro

    i chose the animation workspace and the background is still grey. how do i get it to turn white?

  • Joakim Målare

    This is really a prime example of showing off a new tool and making an interesting tutorial at the same time. Thank you!

  • Kerta Losataure

    So Blender is basically becoming Flash, but better, because no stupid plugin? I'd say "Shut up and take my money!", but I'm a poor artist and therefore never have any money to shove in faces.
    Also, you totally animated my expression while watching you animate.

  • Los Mojarros Clan H1Z1 PS4

    I cant fill like the video! if i do for example the yes, the tool color the strokes or the small circle in which is like the iris on the eye! So what i can do?

  • Aaryan Singh

    I like the background music. Could you share that please? Really gets those drawing juices on!

  • Les Duffy

    I had no idea Blender could do stuff like this. Downloading now.

  • 히라Hira


  • king 17

    New guy here… Do i need drawing tablet to draw character… Or k with the mouse… 2d animation.

  • king 17

    your blender 2.8 alpha looks different …..

  • Sneaks Cowboy

    Why can’t I use the fill bucket probably lol

  • Lesya Antoshkina

    please just tell me how to save my awesome 2d animation as gif or video. tutorials always forget about the most important things

  • Forsicen

    honestly the best grease pencil tutorial ive seen

  • SantaCluster

    OMG! that's great!

  • Hunter Terrell

    I wish opentoonz had that hold alt to temporarily close shapes

  • Lou Mareno

    Thank You Matias Sir,
    I Very Much Enjoyed this video class of yours.

  • Lou Mareno

    I dont know anything about Blender and never gave it a try, But I love to draw mostly cartoon characters
    anyway I was surfing around and saw the link for Blenders Grease Pencil, so I checked this one and another blender link
    and I could not be leave how easy this was to work and draw in, and with so many tools to do Animation in.
    So now I cant wait to Down load and jump in and give it a test drive Using This Grease Pencil.
    One Big Thank You!
    to the Grease Pencil team: Antonio Vazquez, Joshua Leung, Daniel Martinez Lara, Matias
    All the Best to you All!
    Lou (New Subscriber)
    BTW- How could Anyone give this (FREE Software) a thumps down?

  • Indian Srk

    why other software are sold in markets when we have this gems for free. 😉😂😂

  • Claudio Teixeira

    I can't seem to be able to make the temporally boundaries, Nor can i fill the color with a single Click. Am i missing something?

  • jmsomps

    This is more showing us what the grease pen can do rather than a tutorial on HOW to use it. get these mental blocks, I think, by associating it too much to something else like photoshop. I'm thinking that I can have my own layers where I can move or manipulate each item by selecting it as I do in photoshop. I'm missing something somewhere and just not making the connection. I know once I get past this mental block I've created, I can move on and actually use it. I hope to see some actual tutorials on this. Thank you for showing us what it can do.

  • Bumpkin Design Decks and Games

    I just downloaded 2.8…its a totally different software!…I'm excited about the new grease pencil stuff. thanks!

  • death rex

    What are the specific to use the grease pencil?

  • Heitor Maia

    Sorry man. but you suck as instructor.


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