Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

What is Art?

What's the difference between Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain' 
and Michelangelo's 'David'?

It would be wrong to pee on 'David'.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Progress on "The Barley Way"

Although I'm working to get my MA, I'm also working to finish my film. All animation on sequence 3 has been finished, and it is now being inked (long, laborious process). There's several sequence 1 animation scenes in need of completion, those are the next priority. Afterward it's composing and finishing the thing.

Here are a few scenes for the flavor (they take a while to load):

Seq3 s7 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

Seq3 s9 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

seq3-s10 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

Here's the work-reel I submitted before graduating from Sheridan, I got an A+

"The Barley Way" work reel from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An artist thinks like an artist

Listening to Steven Moffat is inspiring. It's very clear that how he constructs his stories is very different than how the fans and the media deconstruct them (in effort to understand or categorize them).

A few favorite bits:

Q: Did you anticipate writing for an American audience as you went into the new series?

A: I don't even anticipate writing for a British audience, I just think "what would be really really cool to happen in 'Doctor who'? How else do you write stories? I entertain myself and hope it entertains other people"

Q: I've heard that you were aiming for 'A dark fairy tale' with the series, can you explain how is that coming across?

A: To, be honest, the whole 'dark fairy tale' thing is because people jammed my arm behind my back and demanded that I label it somehow, and I suppose that is a reasonable label for it... as I'm sure we all know putting "dark" in front of "fairy tale" is entirely redundant, that is until Disney re-made the fairy tales, and de-fanged it.

Steven Moffat
Uploaded by abecruikshank. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Posters coming soon

Here is a Low-Res sample of my first design for a forthcoming Etsy Store.
Posters, prints and postcards will be on offer in approximately 3 weeks.

Check out a cropped sample of the Hi Res file:

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

3D Practice

This is a scene I made, to practice some 3D/Maya Animation.
It was mostly done by using key frames and not much tweaking of splines in the Graph Editor. Maybe I can find a good tutorial somewhere about giving more punch to the animation by tweaking the splines. I signed up for for their Maya Essential Training tutorial, Highly recommended! Thanks for letting me know about this, Mitch!
The character rig is from

comments and critiques are welcome

The voice is Julian Barrat's, and the clip is taken from "The Mighty Boosh" 2x05 "The Legend of Old Gregg"

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sophistication in pop culture references?

Usually I'm not a fan of pop-culture references. my main objection to them is that the humor isn't original, or related to the show, it is usually not relevant, and unfunny without prior knowledge of the culture item that is being quoted or referred. If the reference is non relevant to the show, there is usually no sophistication in bringing it up.

I think this bit from "The IT Crowd" is an exception. Even though it requires prior knowledge to be understood, It's sophisticated and relevant because it reflects on the characters, and therefore specific to the show

Moss is a super-nerd, therefore it would make sense that he would confuse "Fredo" from "The Godfather" with "Frodo" from "Lord of the Rings". Moreover, he doesn't SAY "Frodo", we do the math in our own heads, based on the character's reply which engages the viewers.

What do you think?

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Doctor and Amy

According to Stephen Hawking, Time travel to the past is impossible due to paradoxes, effects can never happen before causes. However, Steven Moffat wasn't frightened to make this paradox his bread and butter for writing Series 5.

I'm excited for the next series, this one was good, and definitely got better as it went along!

This post is dedicated to Whovians world wide... especially Nicole!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Sherriff Dulcie of Doll City

I usually don't just post single sketches, but what the haystack.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

First commission: Nicolas Martinez

Here are my versions of Nico's characters Sammy and Maggie, they're fun to draw!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Commissions galore

Fancy a commission? I'll draw it for ya.

Black & White Caricatures

Color Caricatures
Computer, Marker, Watercolor

Black and White Characters:

Original characters
my version of your favorites

Color Characters

Computer, Marker, and Watercolor.

Ink wash paintings

Thursday, May 06, 2010

"The Barley Way" Work Reel

"The Barley Way" work reel from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

So here's the work reel for the film I've been hard at work on.
Production started in March 2009 when I recorded the voices of Pete Emslie and Brock Gallagher.
My goal was to make a cartoon with everything I like about the medium. I was interested in tackling musical timing (I used bar sheets) characters and relationships, a Tex Avery story structure (with a topper gag that reflects on the characters) clear & fun posing (for which my new hero is Floyd Gottfredson) wild animation (I studied Rod Scribner) and facial acting (for which I studied the mirror).
In short I was trying to make the kind of cartoon I'd want to see. Now that most of the hard work is done, to get it all colored, I'm gonna keep working on it like a monk in the back room. Enjoy!

I'd like to give a huge shout out to Ben for his amazing contribution to the color styling! You're pure talent, man.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Portfolio and Demo Reel

Best viewed in bigger aspect ratio

Here's my latest Demo Reel, just finished it today!
I also updated my portfolio at

Thanks fer watchin' :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

kaj Pindal blog now published!

A blog dedicated to the beloved animator, edited by Chris Walsh and yours truly. Chris teaches the animation history class with Kaj at Sheridan College.

The blog features exclusive and rare media from Kaj's collection, along with stories and interviews.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Fan Art for Ben

Fan Art of Ben's character Jo the Faux :)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Rough animation samples

seq2 s7 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

seq2 s8 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

seq2 s11 from Amir Avni on Vimeo.

SWFs now converted to AVI and posted for your viewing :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Globe and Mail story

Dakshana Bascaramurty from Globe and Mail contacted John K. and I for an interview, which was published today, and looks really great, thanks Dakshana!

Some things I need to clarify:
During the phone interview I did mention Sheridan college has wonderful teachers like Pete Emslie, Scott Caple and others who give the students hands-on explanations of good drawing methodology.
When I was asked about my many reasons to contact John k, one of them was that my art education in Israel at the time lacked methodology.


On Friday January 29th 2010, Globe and Mail printed a retraction, and fixed the online version of the article:

Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that Mr. Avni's drawing classes in Israel and Sheridan College lacked methodology. This version has been corrected to state that this was true only of his drawing classes in Israel.

---------See? there's truth in the media-----------

The feature I worked on was "Everyone's Hero" during the pre-production stage, doing technical drawing.

The recognition by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Society refers to The 2008 Annie Awards.

Many thanks to the Globe and Mail for the kind article!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

For a starry night

Some props from my film

Monday, January 11, 2010

"The Barley Way" size chart

Here's a size chart for the main characters featured in my grad film, currently in production.