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Storyboarding with Grease Pencil


Matias Mendiola (story artist for Cosmos Laundromat, Caminandes and Agent 327) gives a detailed overview of his storyboarding process with Grease Pencil - a blend of storyboarding and animatics which he has dubbed storymatic.

No doubt the new GP is an amazing tool for storyboard work! By the time we started working on Cosmos Laundromat we didn’t have a complete and reliable tool in Blender to make storyboards and we also had a tight deadline, so I decided to go the traditional way while Mathieu (Director) made the animatic edit. Only by the end of the storyboard work for Cosmos new features appeared for GP and I started to make some tests in order to use it as a storyboard tool.

When I finally had the opportunity to test GP2 in production for the first time for Caminandes-Llamigos I quickly realized that the new GP tools open a whole new world for visualizing stories way beyond storyboards. It merges the best of storyboard artistic freedom and the precision and dynamics of an animatic in one single process (storyboard+animatic), so I started calling it storymatic! :)

Working on the full storyboard for Agent 327 test animation just confirmed GP as an excellent tool for the job!

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