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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want DRAW you out of your shell so you can flow and shine freely in Fashion Art and Design! All of the ideas held in your head....I'm here to share the tools, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you at your pace. I want you to feel safe to create, growing into your confidence in a playful, curious way, what I'm teaching learning in my classes at Parsons since 1997 . This is where you can discover the MAGIC that lives in your hands, your mind, and your heart when they work together. Where what you feel, think, know and are curious about l as you leads as you develop your unique style / voice to share with the world and explore what's within you.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course



Buckle up and spread your wings!

Welcome to Level One of my signature "boot camp" course: FASHION ILLUSTRATION TRIBE MASTERCLASS:

in STEP 1: Model Drawing and Exploring Art Supplies, Building the Straight Standing Figure for Fashion

  1. learn to find therange of expression in your artist pencils and ink pens
  2. learn to create a customizable, adjustable, lively and proportionate figure for design and illustration
  3. create and -- I encourage you to --share (possibly your first) MODEL DRAWING!
  4. Get feedback and support  

WHY? Being able to sketch/create a body (and you can use my printable templates as well) is the foundation for your design drawing.... either sketching onto a template, or posing dynamic figures... it's both a pleasure and a POWERFUL way to communicate your ideas. 


GREEN ARROW: the "bell " icon will always list the recent activity in your class- comments, discussions from classmates

RED ARROW: the "gear" icon is where you control your notification settings. Control how often you receive email notifications, if ever, from the course. You can always come back and adjust this at any time.

I'm Laura Volpintesta, and I 've lovingly compiled my 20 years of fashion teaching and industry experience into 16 growing, stretching masterclasses that build upon one another to give you a perfect foundation of skills you need to create a fashion portfolio.  

Though SOULFUL FASHION a FOUNDATION IMMERSION aid the 16+ week format that mimics a full semester of a design school course like I teach at Parsons, you can now sign up for the week one masterclass  here today to start your way.

Beginning, I promise you, is your biggest step.

...and remember that if you don't love what you do or draw the first time, your experience is pointing you into the direction that you want to go. Any of that discomfort is coming from growth...... I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS! 

I'm here to help you at every corner as needed, to help you along the way. You'll see a discussion box after every single activity where you are invited to upload photos, videos, or type comments, questions, and responses.

The video demonstrations, printable resources, exercises and projects, feedback sessions, the classroom community, and a program that is intentionally designed to follow you and grow with you for a well-rounded set of skills that give you confidence and a portfolio.

****Don't forget to VIew and print or order your supply kit right here ($150) for the best results. You can use this kit for the entire series.  It includes, gouache, professional brushes, artist colored pencils, graphite, waterproof felt pens, sketchbook and watercolor illustration paper all sized to work with your scanner so you can upload artwork easily to discussions for feeback!****

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. Fashion is what you feel in your soul. Fashion is what makes your heart leap, a basic human expression as old as humankind. 

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

 Please email me ANY questions at :


Laura Volpintesta


Check out my Pinterest Boards that we use in and out of class.

Author, the Language of Fashion Design, Rockport Publishers

Faculty, Parsons Fashion, since 1997, Patternmaking, Draping, Portfolio, Model Drawing, Design, Construction

Founder, Mentor, since 2013