Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Cartoonist R. Sikoryak and I will be teaching our Anatomy for Cartoonists Workshop through The Society of Illustrators with The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts (MoCCA) in NYC during September.  Here's a description:

(With a live model in every class)
4 sessions

Thursdays 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM
September 6, 13, 20, and 27

AT: The Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street, NYC, 10065
Phone: 212.838.2560

Early bird special: Register by September 1: $275/$250 for SI and MoCCA Members
Register after September 1: $305/$280 SI and MoCCA 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 apply real life inspiration and principles into your pictures.
An exciting, informative drawing course taught by the accomplished teaching team of R. SIKORYAK (Masterpiece Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine) and KRIOTA WILLBERG (The Center for Cartoon Studies, (NO) PAIN!). Here’s what the duo says about their workshop:
“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—literally—draw on live models, tracing muscle and bone. The class will 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.

(1) Students will need to bring drawing materials—charcoal, pencils (colored or not), erasers, paper [11x14 (recommended) or 18 x 24, but not bigger]. No markers, please. Students should work with inexpensive materials they are most comfortable with. The class isn't about creating finished drawings as much as it is about sketching.
(2) As this is a life-drawing class, nude models will be employed.

R. SIKORYAK is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His cartoons and parodies have appeared in RAW, The Onion, Nickelodeon, the New Yorker, and MAD, among many other publications. He's drawn for the television shows Ugly Americans and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. Sikoryak has taught at The Center for Cartoon Studies and Parsons The New School for Design. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.

KRIOTA WILLBERG has taught anatomy for cartoonists and artists at The Center For Cartoon Studies and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts, as well as anatomy in the dance departments of Marymount Manhattan College, Bard College, and NYU (Dance Education). She also taught pathology and massage techniques at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. Willberg writes, draws, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. Her mini comic (NO) PAIN! is about injury prevention for cartoonists and drawers, generally. Blogging as The Cinematologist she examines medical themes through the lens of Hollywood films.  Her performance, Anatomy Kitchen, and her gag cartoon slideshows, Pathology Laffs (in R. Sikoryak’s Carousel) have been presented at Dixon Place Theater. Visit her blog, for more information.

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