Magic Storybook

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Craft vivid 2.5D animated illustrations in Blender with Grease Pencil.

Latest Update (November 2023): Part 2 "Alchemy Lab" with 5 new chapters added
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Imagine making a colorful drawing, but instead of it sitting on a flat page, it exists in 3D space.

Blender with its powerful 2D drawing and animation tool called “Grease Pencil” lets you do just that. Making art with it feels like drawing in air, allowing you to create digital worlds with more freedom.

In this Magic Storybook course, you will learn everything you need to get started with Grease Pencil, and fully explore a hybrid 2.5D workflow. So you can move beyond the flat page into dimensional space.

Don’t worry if you’re not a drawing pro or are fairly new to 3D - this course is totally beginner-friendly. There’s over 10 hours of content, downloadable project files, and access to help anytime you need it.

What’s inside?

Get an overview of the course journey.

Part 1 - Fantasy Village Scene

  • 5 chapters
  • 60+ lessons
  • 4.5+ hrs running time

Chapter 1 & 2 – Getting Started with Grease Pencil

Get a general overview of Grease Pencil, its tools and settings, and practice on simple exercises.

14 videos | ~56 minutes running time

Chapter 3 – Fantasy Village - Building Creation

Here we start the big fantasy village project by creating the main building, while practicing what we've learned in the previous chapter.

19 videos | ~1:12 hrs running time

Chapter 4 – Fantasy Village - Scene Creation

Here we create the fantasy village scene around the building, by creating the fore-, mid- and background.

21 videos | ~1:49 hrs running time

Chapter 5 – Fantasy Village - Animation and Finalization

To wrap up the fantasy village scene, we will animate all elements, apply effects to the scene and render it out.

9 videos | ~47 minutes running time

Part 2 - Alchemy Lab Scene

  • 5 chapters
  • 60 lessons
  • 6+ hrs running time

Chapter 6 – Additional Grease Pencil Features & Capabilities

In this chapter, we’ll go over the free Grease Pencil tools add-on in more depth, try out the included brushes, and take a look at Grease Pencil rigging and deforming for animation.

5 videos | 28 minutes running time

Chapter 7 – Introduction to 2D/3D Art

In this chapter, we’ll dive into the realm of 2.5D art within Blender. We’ll understand what 2.5D art is, explore the workflow by using Grease Pencil as a modeling tool and cover outline methods in Blender.

4 videos | 22+ minutes running time

Chapter 8 – Alchemy Lab - Modeling

In this chapter, we’ll begin our alchemy lab scene, starting with creating the concept, then model the scene in segments.

19 videos | ~1:38 hrs running time

Chapter 9 – Alchemy Lab - Modeling

In this chapter, we’ll move on to shading the alchemy lab scene. We’ll start with crating a general shader and outlines, which we then link to all elements in the scene and adjust to create different materials.

7 videos | ~43 minutes running time

Chapter 10 – Alchemy Lab - Grease Pencil and Animation

In this chapter, we’ll move on to working with Grease Pencil to finish it off. We’ll be drawing and animating the elements simultaneously.

25 videos | 2:55+ hrs running time

Course History & Updates

  • Beta Test in October 2022 gathering and implementing student feedback
  • Official Release in November 2022 with 5 chapters
  • Release of Part 2 in November 2023 with 5 chapters

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Who is this for?

Is this course right for you?

Some basic Blender knowledge is recommended to have fun with this course, however, no previous Grease Pencil or drawing experience is required, since we start with the Grease Pencil fundamentals.

You can get our Blender Launch Pad course with a discount at the checkout, to learn the general required Blender fundamentals.

We recommend using a graphics tablet for this course, even a basic one will make your Grease Pencil journey much more enjoyable, although working with a mouse will work in most cases.

Beginner’s Bundle

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Your guide(s) on this journey.

Kevin Ramirez

Kevin Ramirez


I love crafting stories and experiences through design. It started as a hobby and eventually led to my career in entertainment, where I worked for a number of years, primarily at Disney. Now, I’m focused on my own business and YouTube channel, where I learn other creative technologies and share that journey with others.


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Magic Storybook

Here is what you'll get:

  • Learn everything important to get started with Grease Pencil
  • 120+ lessons (~11 hrs running time)
  • All project files for download
  • Stream online or download the course for offline use
  • English captions for each lesson
  • Access to the CG Boost community
  • Get a certificate on course completion
  • Pay once, future course updates included
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