“Kriota Willberg's Draw Stronger is a life-saver. Every artist—pro and amateur alike—needs to memorize this essential little book.” — Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics, The Sculptor
“Kriota Willberg's Draw Stronger is an indispensable guide to help artists and writers practice self care and sustain their artistic practice. The ups and downs of the creative process can be a pain in the butt but it doesn't have to be a pain in the neck, back, and arms too.” — James Sturm, Director of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS)
“A concise, thoughtful, and informative manual that should be required reading for all aspiring (and aging) cartoonists.” — Adrian Tomine, author of Killing and Dying
Draw Stronger is a comprehensive self-care guide for artists interested in preventing repetitive stress injuries and sustaining a pain free life long drawing practice. Understand how injuries happen and what types of injuries commonly affect drawing professionals. Use practical first aide to help manage pain in the event of injury. Learn what types of symptoms should be diagnosed by doctor. Practice simple exercises to help correct posture and reduce fatigue and pain. Clearly illustrated, informative, and packed with wholesome corrective goodness, this graphic novel can get you started practicing simple routines that will help take care of your most important drawing instrument - your body!
Cartoonist Kriota Willberg draws from decades of experience as a massage therapist and educator in health sciences and the arts, creating a comprehensive guide to injury prevention for cartoonists. Her comics appear in: SubCultures, Awesome Possum 3, 4PANEL, Strumpet 5, Comics for Choice, Graphic Canon; and the journals Intima and Broken Pencil. She is the first-ever artist-in-residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library.