by Matias Mendiola,

This training requires a minimal experience using Blender 2.8 as a 3D tool and some drawing skills. The course is meant for artists who already have some experience in the art and craft of drawing, storyboarding or 2D animation. During the training we will not further develop those skills.

Instead we will get to know the Grease Pencil tools as a simple way of applying your 2D skills and workflows within a 3D environment like Blender. We will explore the use of Grease Pencil through the entire 2D animation production pipeline: Design, story-boarding, scene layout, 2D animation and VFX.

Technical demonstrations and short exercise assignment will complement the Grease Pencil Fundamentals program. During the course the following topics will be covered:

The new Grease Pencil Object

  • UI and 2D animation template
  • Drawing in the 3D space (Draw mode)
  • Working with 2D Layers
  • Setting and using Brushes
  • Setting and using Materials
  • Drawing edition (Edit Mode and Sculpt mode)
  • Using Modifiers and FX
  • Working with Grease pencil and 3D objects
  • Render Grease pencil with Eevee and Cycles

Grease Pencil drawing workflow

  • Concept art
  • Character design

Grease Pencil Storyboarding workflow

  • Rough Thumbnails
  • Layout scenes
  • Animatic: Using the timeline, dope sheet and camera
  • Basic edition
  • Working with sound and captio

Grease Pencil 2D animation workflow

  • Layout scene for animation
  • Rough animation
  • Using Onion skin
  • Adjust animation timing with the dope sheet
  • Using multiframe edition
  • Cleanup animation
  • Cutout Animation basics

5 day course

  • A date will be announced based on interest
  • Date will be final latest 4 weeks before a training starts. (5 subscribers minimal)
  • Courses are daily from 10:00 to 16:30h.
  • Classroom and assistance is available from 9:00 to 18:00h.

Costs: € 1600 (including tax)

  • Including lunches and all the coffee/tea/soda/cookies you can find in Blender Institute
  • Meet with the Blender crew! Includes guest lectures by crew members.
  • On request we assist finding an affordable hotel nearby.
  • Price is including 21% VAT
  • Printed certificate at end of the course.

Sign up today!

This course has a waiting list. Send a mail to training(at) – we will notify you about the next date for the course.



The new Blender office is located perfectly for people arriving by public transport or car. With the new metro line it’s just 5 minutes to Central Station. The building is also close to the A10 highway. There is plenty of affordable parking space (10 euro for a full day).

Address: Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Class room equipment

Each student gets a well prepared Linux workstation with 27″ monitor. We recommend you to bring your own laptop with private files or footage. If you wish you can use the laptop for the course days as well.

Terms and conditions

We aim for 100% customer satisfaction. However, courses are commercial ventures in which Blender Institute invested quite a lot to make this possible. For that reason we have a well defined refund policy. Our standard terms and conditions can be downloaded here.