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January 31, 2018

(With a live model in every class)
4 sessions
Wednesdays: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
January 31 and February 7, 14, 21

$305 Non-Members | $280 SI members 

The basis of all comics—regardless of style – is visualizing and drawing consistent and credible characters.  

Through drawing exercises with live models and slide presentations with anatomical and cartoon imagery, this class will help you adapt real life inspiration and anatomical principles to your drawing style.

A lot can be communicated about a person or animal through their physical appearance. Understanding the way the body looks and works helps illustrators draw characters that convey personality. This course will teach students how to create real or imaginary characters—in any style—that are consistent and physically believable.

Willberg will draw on live models, tracing muscle and bone. The class will also explore aging, weight gain, weight loss, and their effects on the structure of the body. Sikoryak will demonstrate the application of anatomical understanding to any cartooning style. Through PowerPoint presentations, in-class exercises, and at-home assignments, students will learn to see and draw the structures and tissues giving the body shape and character.  Students will practice drawing from live models in class and learn to apply the lessons to their own characters.


  • Students will need to bring drawing materials.
  • As this is a life-drawing class, nude models will be employed.

KRIOTA WILLBERG teaches anatomy for cartoonists and artists at The Center For Cartoon Studies, SOI/MoCCA, the New York Academy of Medicine Library, and teaches anatomy for dance and health sciences. She works occasionally as a medical illustrator. Her minicomics series include Pictorial Anatomy and Pathology Laffs. In April 2018 Uncivilized Books will publish her injury care and prevention for artists manual, Draw Stronger  (formerly (No) Pain!, First Aid, and No Back Pain!) Her comics appear in the anthologies SubCultures and Awesome Possum 3, Comics 4 Choice, Strumpet 5, the up-coming Graphic Canon, and the journals Intima and Broken Pencil. Willberg is the first-ever Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library. For more: Twitter: @Kriota.

R. SIKORYAK is the author of the graphic novels Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, Fortune, GQ, and Harvard Business Review, among other magazines. He’s also drawn for television shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His literary classics adaptations have appeared in Best American Comics 2015 and The Graphic Canon. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and The Center for Cartoon Studies. Twitter: @RSikoryak.


January 31, 2018
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4 sessions with R. Sikoryak and Kriota Willberg.
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