Meet Kriota Willburg


Guest Speaker for Advanced Strategies in Illustration


(Kriota’s discussion begins at minute 10.  We began ealy with chit chat and sharing our cats.)


K Willberg in pelvis shirtKriota Willberg makes comics and illustrations exploring narratives of the health, illness, medical history, and bioethics. Her book, Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists, is published by Uncivilized Books. Her comics have appeared in:, SubCultures, Comics For Choice, The Graphic Canon, and Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, among others. Her comic Silver Wire was nominated for a 2019 Ignatz Award. She writes a self-care column for the Comics Beat called “Get A Grip!” Willberg, a licensed massage therapist specializing in sports- and oncology massage, has a certificate in bioethics and medical humanities from Montefiore-Einstein College of Medicine and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. In 2017 Willberg was the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library. She teaches graphic medicine and drawing in the Department of Humanistic Medicine at NYU. In her photo she is wearing a T-shirt of her one of her anatomical illustrations for her client Movement Science Made Simple.


Silver Wire:

Get A Grip:

I thought about giving you an official headshot and then thought that this photo of me in a shirt printed by one of my clients might be funner.

I’m giving you two images of my work: and embroidered piece that is in Silver Wire, and a page from my mini comic The Wandering Uterus.






the wandering uterus












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6 thoughts on “Meet Kriota Willburg

  1. 1. Is there anything that you wished you had learned when you first started in the illustration business? If so, what is it?

    2. What is your advice for new artists who specifically want to do anatomical and medical illustrations?

    3. How do you handle a difficult client?

  2. 1. How long did it take to.find your drawing style.

    2. Were you drawing a lot during your public school years.

    3. How can you handle someone who negatively critics your work constantly.

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