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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


"DRAWING, I believe, is called DRAWING because of what it DRAWS from within you....." --Laura

Enrollment NOW includes the 17 module course (plus any new modules I add in the future) PLUS my bonus "MODEL FILES VIDEO LIBRARY VAULT" full of curated, posed model images to study and practice sketching figures from.

(There are two more videos at the bottom this page to get you into the feel of my teaching of you’re new to my world!!)  just press play to learn and enjoy. ***If you've never drawn before, I would start with the video "Drawing Without Fear". Scroll down to view)



 How do we straddle the two ends, between technique, tools and emotional expression?

To be honest, I'll say it again and again, but the way to get precise, clean, accurate and in control is to first get into the mess, the raw, the free, the dark.  To let it all go, and then refine ONLY FROM THERE!  Trying to get more and more perfect only tightens the stranglehold on your drawing. THIS TRUTH PLAGUES many artists and PARTICULALRY lovers of Fashion, naturally, and keeps them within a limited range of expression.

Model Drawing Magic  is a method I created based on having been a die-hard student AND a teacher of model drawing, and having experienced  a POWERFUL liberation and opening when I was 18 years old,  by not having been able to draw before, and then having an incredible teacher who opened it all up for me.

So, be assured, this is all based on my personal experience as an artist, and then as a professor guiding hundreds of fashion design students at Parsons. (Did you know that even after I graduated with a degree in fashion design (even with honors), it was five more years before I was able to say "I am an artist"?-- if this kind of block is running in the background for you, this is also something that you will get to work on with me within the course journey).

The Model Drawing Magic method exercise in this the program are designed  to transform the way you draw  and widen your scope of expression. 

 I hand picked and  curated these exact because they were all game-changers for me, for my students over 30 years teaching fashion illustration, , and form the very foundations of my work and practice!

I WANT TO HELP YOU DISCOVER A DEEPER MORE HONEST and confident EXPRESSION in your art, as well as experience a wider sense of joy, curiosity, appreciation and connection with the actual work you do.

Beginner or advanced,it doesnt matter because  these exercises “never get old”.   I STILL USE THEM to tap into my personal flow and reconnect with beauty, truth and accuracy all at the same time!! They are part of the permanent "toolbox" that runs in the background every single time I come to the "drawing table". And I am truly grateful for them.

I wouldn’t even offer such a program if I didn’t stand behind it with all my heart and soul.


Each  weekly module, we go over what comes up, why the exercise works,  how you can apply it to achieve what YOU want,  and  clear limiting beliefs and fears that come up as you get into the practice of   “letting go” to get more movement, expression and depth  (plus accuracy) in your  drawing. 

the Pre-recorded video demonstrations are about 20 minutes long and  can be viewed again and again- they are shorter because your job is to DRAW, not to sit passively. I will give you very targeted exercises each module to compound and amplify your range of expressive outlets and tools.

We’ll also re-think how you approach using your art supplies and your body in your drawing. Not only are you drawing the body, you ARE A BODY, you HAVE A BODY! In Model Drawing Magic, we bring your whole body into your Model Drawing experience so you are not all cramped up into your fingers and brain alone. Fashion is sensual, full, emotional, and ... it moves. LIKE YOUR BODY wants to!

I  CAN’T IMAGINE a subject  more inspiring than the human form.  Both as a drawing subject, and as a vessel for this soul to experience and enjoy.

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I can't wait to work with you! 

Enjoy the free videos above and  below to get started. 

This experience goes very deep into undoing the way you think drawing happens, with standing, posed figures as the subject. 

We'll work through  15 exercises

... that each take a different drawing myth and busts it, 

....a different art tool and explores it, 

...and a different aspect of drawing and deepens it, making it YOURS so you can embody it through felt experience that you will experience a transformatin in expression and experience drawing models and anything else. that you will esxperience a change in the way you see YOURSELF and your process in creating and drawing.

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING to cross the threshold into drawing and seeing this way and feeling self-expressed dynamically, accurately and vitally.

Share you work and ask your questions in our private course area here for all the support and feedback you want.

***and if you want to add the private coaching option, ($2222) We'll meet 8 times over the 15 weeks for a 45 minute call to work on the exercises to to bring them to life and make new headway in a deeper way.

****another way to enhance the Model Drawing Magic experience is to compound it with FASHION SKETCH GROUP where we meet weekly to sketch for two hours from images I curate and vibrant jazz and world music to keep the energy flowing.

I can't wait to work with you!


*Remember there are no refunds on my digital courses, Make sure you're certain you want to  commit to the special journey I've prepared for you!