Recently I’ve decided to give the captivating world of 3D another go. This time my tool of choice has been Blender, the incredibly versatile open-source 3D application. Back in 2008 or so I gave Blender a try for the first time and I really liked it. While its UI is was unique, once you learned it, it had some really nice smooth workflows and its modelling performance wasn’t bad at all. However at that time, we had Maya, so I spent my time learning that instead because, well, that’s what everyone else was using. Coming back to Blender all these years later, it’s only gotten better and it’s feature set has exploded!

Version 2.8 has a really workable 2D section in it called Grease Pencil. You can now add in 2D objects, place them in 3D space and animate them. Drawing easily on 3D planes and objects. It has pressure-sensitive brushes and a really cool sculpting toolset for lines – which are all vector. It feels really natural to use. Sculpting frame by frame is really satisfying.

Anyway, to take it for a test ride, I thought I’d do a GIF. Hopefully the first of many. It’s kind of an autobiographical sketch of how I feel when I’ve watched the news for a little too long. Particularly the US news. Oh woe is the world!

I should add that Dedouze’s YouTube tutorial was super helpful and of course he inspired the colour scheme. Thanks! To be fair, he and Robin Eisenberg inspired the colours.


Please enjoy it and share it. Any accreditation would be appreciated.


Concept Sketch