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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

Welcome to Fashion Design and Illustration Process!

(enjoy the free tutorials further down this page)

I'm Laura Volpintesta, your host!

Starter VIDEOS (scroll down)  (there are 6 more weeks of videos and assignments to have you sketching and designing along)  IN this digital course, you can watch and work along with me as we create a set of unique designs and illustrations! right over my shoulder,and listen to all the tips along the way while you develop your own unique set of illustrations and designs using a format that you can use again and again to create your portfolio.

I AM HERE in the private course area to support you and guilde you over "bumps" along the way. To witness your journey and point you in the next steps that you can't see alone.

Start by watching video #1   and  #2 below to get a taste of  the feeling of this program.

SWATCHES TO GOUACHE course program lays out an exact process that you can follow yourself.  Seeing it done before your eyes with detaled desciption of what's going on  is going to save you time and give you perspective on how you can create and present an original fashion design collection in YOUR unique style and point of view (that's my favorite part!) 

You'll get such a good foundation here!  You will be amazed how having this perspective on the overall process will change the way you approach your work  You'll be experiienced, immersed, and  more confident as you uncover your own style through these processes.

SWATCHES TO GOUACHE is a total orientation including everything I specifically  taught my Parsons online studio students globally for over ten years.


1. . Collect images to inspire your collection. Look for head-to-toe images with nice clear shadows and light, plus construction in the clothes that youc an see and understand.

*****For this project, you'll be "plugging in" your own unique fabric choices, so you don't need to use the colors and patterns you see in the pictures. This gives you creative input and freedom.  Do you have fabrc swatches? Maybe start here to build your collection.

Everything you see in the research images you can adjust to make it YOUR style, and create an original set of sketches.

I'll show you how I do that!


2. In this video, you get a taste of how I quickly map out figures on the page before I get into any specifics about their body or clothes.   This helps me with  proportions (which I teach in depth in  my other courses like Model Drawing Magic). There are free model drawing tutorials on my youtube channel, on my website (you'll receive them directly when you subcribe) , and on the Model Drawing Magic sales page.

BUILDING UP THE FASHION FIGURE (my method 100%suitable for all body types!!)

 3. Here you'll see how  I go from stick-figure to fully fleshed-out figures. See how much easier it is when the basic body is already mapped out??


DO you want to watch this process go from a-Z, into final illustrations?  Start today when you sign up.

Don't have art supplies? You can still begin your design process by  researching and pulling together a mood board ( maybe by  going into pinterest)  to discover and collect styles, figures, textures, colors, fabrics, ,sand poses that represent the direction that you want to go for your personal design project. When your art supplies arrive, you'll be all ready to go.

Let's get started! Once you're inside you can ask me anything, share your work, and get more  guidance n our private course area.

  Thqnk you for making me part of your journey