Sophie Jantak writes:
Hello! I'm an illustrator, and from the first time I tried grease pencil I was hooked. I've created a few pieces that combine 2D and 3D elements, but for this piece I really wanted to see how far I could take this tool in replicating a traditional art style. I also have the limitation of my computer, which freaks out if I try to use custom-made textured brushes, and so I also did this using only the pencil brush - which I've modified into 4 different versions over weeks of using it.
I go through my entire process in detail here, including tips and how I use each brush. From there, you can also download these four custom brushes for free :)
I also make videos sharing my tips and experiments with grease pencil, from the perspective of a former-2D-only illustrator. I would love to make grease pencil feel more inviting for both Blender users and other Blender newbies like me :)
Here's a quick breakdown of my process, each step using a different brush.
LINEART: about 1 h 30 m
WATERCOLOUR: about 30 m
COLOUR PENCIL: about 1 h 45 m
DIRT/SPECKLES: about 15 m