January 11, 2024

The Story of Grease Pencil in Blender

Introduction

The video discusses the unexpected success of the Grease Pencil tool in Blender, which was initially intended for simple pen tool tasks but evolved into a powerful tool for creating 2D animations within a 3D workspace.

[0:02:27] - Unplanned Beginnings

  • Grease pencil tool was initially developed by Joshua Le, not intended for 2D animation but for basic tasks, and to facilitate collaboration within teams.

[0:05:17] - Community Demand

  • The Blender Foundation had to acknowledge the community's demand for the Grease Pencil, especially as it added 2D to the mix, something lacking in many 3D software.
  • Grease Pencil was fully rebranded in the 2.8 release of the software, becoming a key feature in its success.

[0:07:16] - Evolution of Grease Pencil

  • The Grease Pencil in Blender 2.8 was different from the old system and was built with a dedicated 2D animation workspace, featuring its own objects and modes.
  • Its main appeal is the ability to create 2D animations within a 3D workspace.

[0:09:17] - Success and Applications

  • Grease pencil found success in both small and big studios, used in major productions such as the acclaimed "Spiderverse" and "Unicorn Wars."
  • A secret weapon, GP Tracer, was developed as an add-on to convert 3D objects into grease pencil strokes, used in various major productions.

[0:10:07] - Future of Grease Pencil

  • Blender 4.0's release includes the 3.0 version of the Grease Pencil, aiming to lay a solid foundation for the next 10 years and integrate new features and tools.

FAQs

What was the initial purpose of the Grease Pencil tool?

It was initially developed for basic tasks and to facilitate collaboration within teams, not specifically for 2D animation.

How did the Grease Pencil evolve in the Blender 2.8 release?

It was fully rebranded and became a key feature in the 2.8 release, with its own dedicated workspace for 2D animation.

What were some of the successful applications of the Grease Pencil?

It was used in major productions such as "Spiderverse" and "Unicorn Wars," and a secret weapon, GP Tracer, was developed to convert 3D objects into grease pencil strokes.