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2D in Blender 2.6 – Tutorial


Ian Ball [Albinal] explains the process behind creating his unique videos in this tutorial.

Ian Ball writes:

I was commissioned by the local NHS to make a short animation about emergency contraception. The problem being that too many people are panicking after they’ve “done the deed” and are turning up at Accident and Emergency departments for the morning after pill. Emergency contraception is freely available from most pharmacies as well as other places like NHS walk-in centres so there’s really no need to go to A&E.

Communications and Marketing Manager for NHS Bristol, Lawrie Jones, said; “We gave Ian a blank canvas, outlined to him our problem and asked him to come up with something ‘creative’. Ian attacked the problem from a unique and innovative perspective, creating a piece of work that was witty, challenging and effective. Working with Ian has been pain-free and we will definitely use him for future campaigns.”

All animation was completed in Blender. The most difficult scene was probably when she's breaks through the wall. I've put the .blend for that scene here if anyone fancies taking a look at it.

The most fun part was probably making her breast wobble! ;-)

Ian is currently working on a second tutorial (and video ;-). We'll keep you posted!


About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I tell you something (emergency contraception aside) I will not be going to Bristol A&E if I get any glass stuck in me!!

  2. Lovely work. I'm enjoying the blend file. Thank you!  Nice deformations on the woman's main trunk as she walks; it really adds to the gait.

  3. If the author of this video was treated with emergency contraception pill at his early embryogenesis phase, then we would have no chance to watch this material.

    • Good point. It's an abortion pill. Not a contraceptive pill at this point. Why do clinics still insist on this misnomer?

    • Yeah, of course you are right. Every intercourse should lead to pregnancy. Just tell that to the woman in question if she thinks she has any say in what happens to her body.

      The apparent target group for this spot are the ones that are the least ready to be a parent. From society's point of view teenage pregnancy a bad (expensive) idea, for the individual it will likely lead to reduced quality of life and in the worst case, a life in uneducated poverty. All that from a defective condom or single act of bad judgement.

      ECP is used to trigger what happens unprovokedly in up to half of pregnancies anyway (zygocyte/embryo is lost before anyone's even aware that it's there). If you want to call that an "abortion", then I'd half expect you to argue that a single nocturnal emission in a male constitutes several million "abortions".

      In short, don't expect that you can prevent teens or people in general from having sex - you can't - and don't expect that your Internet snark will preclude women from making choices about their health - it won't.

      Aside from that little rant, great work albinal!

      • TSA, let's keep is
        civil. You seem really angry and are speaking down.  Besides, that you've
        strayed from my point: my point wasn't about the statistics of
        teenage pregnancy, but the confusion of terms
        between contraception and abortion.  Contraceptives prevent a pregnancy, abortion pills end one. She wakes up the "morning after" screaming in a panic and thinks she's pregnant (the narrator says that). She immediately decides to go to the hospital for her "contraceptive pills", when she could have just as easily gone to her local clinic. That's what the advertisement is for. 

        But you know what TSA?  Where
        ever I go and I see deliberate confusion of terms, I'll stand up for the
        unborn and try to undo the confusion, so that women can really make an informed choice.  

      • People, people... we are fighting amongst ourselves like a pack of AutoDesk users!  I suppose it was inevitable once Blender reached the big leagues though.

  4. I don't know if you'll show it in the next tutorial, but i was looking into doing some 2d animation way back in 2.49 which feels like ages ago, its not really, but i was struggling with lip-syncing and other animation where i wanted to swap bits, it was just way too tedious, say mouth shapes or hand positions, foot angles, you name it, it was incredibly time consuming in 2.49 but with the 'animate everything' approach to 2.5+ its been possible to animate whether a texture layer is on or off, so handy for this kind of animation, you key all of the options off bar 1 so that you have however many spaces worth of different shapes, and with keying sets, ohh so much easier. All the small things keep adding up to more uses in the new blender, I don't know how i animated in 2.49 without tears, oh, yeah, there was tears :)

  5. Sumeet Kalindi on

    thanks for sharing.. its wonderful.. I too had a similar attempt i doing animation.. paper-cut style..
    am yet to finish the film though..

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