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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want to see you come out of your shell! All of those ideas in your head....I'm here to give you the tools, one by one, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you one your schedule. I want you to feel safe to create as you grow into your confidence in a playful, exploring, deep way to know what fashion students are learning in my classes for 20 years now at the best fashion schools, but without the debt and pressure. This is where you can get empowered in a place where you are in the driver's seat, and what you feel, think, know and are curious about matters as you develop your unique style and voice to share with the world....or even just for yourself. I want you to never be afraid of a blank piece of paper again....... xoxo Laura

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About this course

You'll receive a new hour of video lessons, projects, and exercises every week for 15 weeks, and be guided every step to illustrating and designing your own first unique fashion collection, in watercolors, with an inspiration board, fabric swatches, and details.

Share your message. Create and celebrate feminine beauty however you define that.  Learn to confidently sketch bodies, garment silhouettes, fabric textures, colors, patterns,  and "tell stories" through the process and presentation of fashion and fashion art!


  • model drawing, straight and posed
  • sketch and customize your croquis for different body types, including your OWN
  • professional gouache watercolor techniques
  • color mixing/ color matching your paint to your swatches
  • rendering textures and prints to scale (making your illustration look like the fabric)
  • great art supplies and how you can use them
  • technical drawing- stitching, darts, gathers, etc....
  • creative feedback community, like- minded creatives!
  • mood boards- create some!
  • color palettes- create stories with color
  • fabric swatches- basic print design - create, create!
  • design sketchbook development- develop your ideas
  • quick sketching practice in your sketchbook
  • using shading to create 3-d form
  • designing an original group of clothes
  • illustrating your collection
  • presenting your sketches
  • ask questions! give and get feedback!
    And what's more, once we have a group of graduates, my next Mastermind will be designing a portfolio group..... sketching and designing 5 collections over a 15 week period, with weekly check-ins with me to guide and support.

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Here we go...

15 weeks of lessons that build upon one another to give you all of the skills you need to create a fashion portfolio:

Drawing, fashion model drawing, technical (flat) sketching, color and gouache illustration techniques, details, design and presentation. 

I teach these from square one in a way that builds intentionally, with my intention being to truly empower you with art and design skills that you will use and keep for a lifetime. This is supposed to be transformative. It's based on my 20 years teaching fashion at Parsons School of Design and on my own discoveries and thrill of learning those skills myself....and I"m still always learning!

Fashion is for all who love it! And it's for all sizes, colors, shapes, ages, cultures. Fashion is our birthright. To express, create, make and share.

VIew and print or order your supply kit right here ($150-200) for the best results.  

I'm here to help you at every corner as needed, to help you along the way.

I've been teaching this course at Parsons School of Design Fashion Department since 1997, with 6 years on the Full Time Faculty.

I've started this business to teach with more freedom for my family and to teach straight from the heart. 

I LOVE to give you control to sketch a range of body types and styles for YOUR needs, not unrealistic, distorted female bodies that can't be translated in

We'll work as a group, one on one, or as independently as you want, you control how much you participate in the group but I highly recommend it as one of the strongest aspects of this online course!

The other strongest aspect is that I"ve developed this technique and style of teaching consciously over many years. 

I know you can do this, and i'ts my goal to see you thrive.

Here's to  bringing out the very best of you and your unique style and point of view.

Fashion NEEDS inspired voices like YOURS. 

Fashion isn't just what you see in Vogue. That's the last of it. Fashion is a basic human need as old as humankind. 

Fashion is an expression that we all have access too. Let's take fashion back!

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Laura Volpintesta


Author, the Language of Fashion Design, Rockport Publishers

Faculty, Parsons Fashion, since 1997, Fashion Illustration, Model Drawing, Patternmaking, Draping, Portfolio, Concepts, Design, Sewing

Founder, Mentor, since 2013

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