Hey there Blendaroonies,
Been using Blender for a couple of years as an alternative for freelance work and indie projects alongside using Maya.
I pretty much touched every aspect of the software doing modeling, texturing, sculpting, rigging and animation.
Anyway, I mainly work in the animation field(both 3D and 2D) and was thrilled upon discovering the capabilities I saw on this video about the grease pencil:
These series of videos makes Blender seems as a dream tool for animators like looking for animating 2D elements within a 3D vector spcace, I just can’t stop to imagine all of the possibilties available!
A few weeks ago, as I was working on a small animation project I had in mind, I decided that I would use Blender to ink and add basic color over my pencil roughs and then add more color over the whole thing in Krita.
I quickly found majors difficulties while trying to properly draw key frames and drawings with the current Blender workflow and tools available. But since I’m just getting started with the Grease Pencil and whole 2d animation thing in Blender, I thought that it was most likely due to my ignorance with the tools.
My desired workflow would be to:
1-Import scanned roughs pencils drawings as images sequence withing Blender
2-Rearrange and edit the timing of each desired frame (for example, I could empty space betwwen 2 keyframes to add more inbetween frames with Blender GP)
3-Ink the frames
4-Add some basic coloring with the GP layers
5-Add some camera motion if desired
-Render the whole thing and send to Krita
Looks pretty simple right? Well most of the steps are achievable but like I said I’ve had some issues.
1-Whats currently the best way to import image sequences withing Blender and edit them (preferably with the dope sheet.)? Is there a way to have one frame= one key in the timeline/dope sheet?
2-I thought the Grease Pencil was some sort of vector drawing tool, apparently itès not. When I dooly back/zoom out from my painted drawings, it gets all mushy and fuzzy .
3-Is there a way to have more brush available?
4-HUGE problem regarding the add new frame/copy last frame workflow. There should be a better way to insert a new GP blank frame than to always have to check/uncheck the ‘‘additve drawing’’ option box. Having to do this all the time to add new blank frame or to add new frame with existing drawing is a huge pain!!
5-A GP asset library would be nice woudn’ it be?
6-Any way to remove completely the GRID in orthographic view?