Here is the First (and probably last) Episode of Vlogging with Vlad.
For a while now a few of you guys have been telling me to check out the Grease Pencil and 2D Animation. Since my drawing skills are really poor, I was in no rush to use it.
A few weeks ago I thought I would try it out, even with my terrible drawing skills. I wanted to see if someone like me (again sucks at drawing but also had no previous experience creating 2D Animations) could create something that remotely resembles an animation.
Creating animations with the Grease Pencil is certainly possible, in fact there are loads of amazing animations being created with the Grease Pencil, like Hero: just one of many beautiful examples.
The idea I had was, a Podcast called Vlogging with Vlad. I wanted to see if I could create a quick episode with Vlad interviewing a guest, Captain "not so" Amazing.
After Learning the Basics of the Grease Pencil (which was surprisingly quick), I started with Character Design. I knew I wanted my host to be a Friendly, Crazy Haired, Vampire named Vlad but as to how he looked? I had no Idea.
Once the Character was designed, I then created a rig, added a couple of Inverse Kinematic Constraints and some mouth shapes for the Lip Syncing. Vlad now had the power of mobility (though he mainly just sways in his chair).
I recorded the process of Character Creation and just need to edit the videos then upload. So if you are interested in seeing how I created Vlad be sure to look out for them.
So it turns out it's easier than I thought to create a 2D Animation with Blender's Grease Pencil. It's actually quite fun too. Obviously my animation needs improvement but for someone who has zero animation skills I think it turned out okay (kinda).
If you have any kind of drawing talent you will have a much better time at it than I did. As with everything in blender, the Grease Pencil is such an awesome tool and I will certainly be using it more in the future.
I hope you enjoy this video and oh yeah, Apologies for the terrible accents!..