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Interactive Children's Book Made with Blender and Inkscape


Glenn Melenhorst presents his latest interactive children's book, fully animated with Blender.

Glenn writes:

Hi guys!

This morning my third interactive children's book became available on the App Store (just in time for the season :))

I illustrated it entirely in Inkscape and animated it in Blender using the "images as planes" addon. So cool. The animations were then bolted together in Unity by Grant at Jellybiscuits.

Thanks so much for your time!
Glenn Melenhorst


About the Author

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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.


    • glenn melenhorst on

      I save them out as FBX and they come straight into Unity. From there my college Grant takes over. He can alpha sort and swap textures and generally do the things that make it pretty in Unity. he has written a bunch of code to help him produce the books. I'd be at a loss to understand what he does. I recorded the dialogue in audacity too :)


    • glenn melenhorst on

      I used armatures, shape keys and standard keyframing to animated in blender, then save them out as FBX and they import straight into Unity. From there my college Grant takes over. He can alpha sort, dynamically swap textures and generally do the things that go to make the app more pretty, He has written a bunch of code that I'd be at a loss to understand.

  1. Kirill Trideshny on

    The game seems to be great! Somehow It was slightly reminded me that great Flash game

    The Asylum: Psychiatric Clinic for Abused Cuddly Toys
    But this one isn't for children generally ;)

    • Hey @glennmelenhorst:disqus, do you have any plans to publish this on Android as well?

      @hairyback:disqus - many small publishers don't have the resources to publish to both platforms at once and will validate the product first on one platform.

      • glenn melenhorst on

        My other books have been available on android ("Slice of Bread goes to the Beach" and "Food Fight") but the market is so small that it's hardly to justify it. That said we will probably port it over once the christmas rush is over.

        • Looks awesome. I think you might be the only one offering books in this format, try posting your work on and it might get a lot of interest.

  2. This looks great! I can't wait to go through this with my son! Also, I'd love to see a short video demo of your workflow, if you ever have time to record it.

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