Grease Pencil Fundamentals

This 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. The training requires a minimal experience using Blender 2.8 as a 3D tool and some drawing skills.

by Matias Mendiola,

Course contents

During the course 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.

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

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.

Costs: € 995

  • Price does not include € 208,95 VAT
  • Price does including lunch and all the coffee/tea/soda/cookies you can find in Blender Institute (self-service)
  • Printed certificate at end of the course.

Course details

Level: introductory
Duration: 5 days
Lessons: 10:00 to 17:00h (including 1 hour lunchbreak)

Class room equipment

Each student gets a well prepared Linux workstation. If you wish you can bring your own laptop for the course days as well.


Address: Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Opening hours: Classroom, canteen and meeting space are open from 9:30 to 18:00h.
How to get there: The Blender Institute is located perfectly for people arriving both by public transport or car. With the metro line 52 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).

On request we can send you a list of affordable hotels nearby.

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.