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April 15, 2020

(With a live model in every class)
April 15, 22, 29, May 6 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

TUITION: $310 / $285 SI Members 

A major component of comics 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 teaches students how to create real or imaginary characters—in any style—that are consistent and physically believable.

Willberg draws on live models, tracing muscle and bone, giving participants the opportunity to draw the anatomy of a living body from the inside out. 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.

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

KRIOTA WILLBERG uses her experiences as a cartoonist, illustrator, and massage therapist, to teach anatomy to artists, and drawing (anatomy) to medical students. A cartoonist in the area of graphic medicine, her book, Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists, is published by Uncivilized Books. Her comics have appeared in: Spiral Bound (, SubCultures, Comics For Choice, The Graphic Canon, Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, and Strumpet 5, among others. Willberg writes a self-care column for the Comics Beat called Get A Grip!, teaches graphic medicine and drawing at NYU Langone, and in 2017 was the inaugural 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, The Unquotable Trump, and the forthcoming Constitution Illustrated (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 done storyboards and character designs for Augenblick Studios on various animated projects for television and the web.  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. For more: Twitter, Instagram: @RSikoryak.

Bird Illustration: Kriota Willberg

Constitution Illustration: R. Sikoryak (after Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez)  

Photo model: W. Chu.


April 15, 2020
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