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Cursive writing in Blender with a flowing pencil


rob on earth writes:

Animate a flowing pencil like a pro using Follow Curve, Track To and Copy Location constraints.

Includes tips on handling complex Bezier Curves and animating the pencil proceeding from word to word.

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hobbyist Blender user since 1998


  1. I really enjoyed your tutorial! Animating with constraints is fascinating! The material aspects were awesome as well.

    Oh, I had that issue with the interpolation, too. Coincidentally, I was programming Bezier curves for a hobby project and almost tried to solve it by doing something in Python! But then, in the letter Bevel parameters there is a mapping value that if you change it from "Resolution" to "Spline" seems to do the trick.

    Thank you again for a great video.

    • Appreciate your comments.

      A couple of days after submitting this I got very sick(may or may not have been Corvid19).

      Back now and excited to see what the community has been up to.

  2. Hey there, nice tutorial.

    I wonder if you need two empties instead of one to track the curve. Also the Track To doesn't seem necessary since the pencil follows the empty.

    I appreciated seeing the textures. I also noticed you show minor variations in position of the pencil at 9:38 when you probably wanted to show rotation. Do you need the position keyframes?

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