(good news! My book (above) has just been translated and published into the Russian in hardcover, along with word that Chinese, Spanish and French editions are already in the works!) To hear more about the journey of writing my book, visit this blog post.
Welcome to Fashion Illustration TRIBE, where you can go deep into sketching, illustrating, designing, and researching fashion design from your home or studio on your own schedule, and where YOU are at the center of your studies and practice. You can study fashion design online from home.
At Fashion Illustration TRIBE, all exercises, projects and resources are created to build YOUR experience so that you can express yourself in the world of fashion design and illustration.
Not a “surface” experience, my course goes deep to expand your understanding and fluency in creating fashion images, visuals, and communicating your ideas in fashion design and illustration. This is the place to get your figure drawing, color rendering, illustrating, idea-developing, researching, technical drawing, fabric-swatching, portfolio building skills ON, in a supportive and attentive environment.
I’m Laura Volpintesta, (and that’s me up there, thinking……) , author of The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know on Rockport and Parsons Fashion Faculty.
I’ve been enthusiastically guiding and inspiring on the Fashion Design Faculty at Parsons NYC campus since 1997 (and online since 2008 when I developed their very first online fashion design studio course which I still teach today). I believe that fashion’s sustainable future comes from design that comes from the heart. I believe that the way you study makes a difference. I teach mothers, working professionals, digital designers, and young people drawn to design so that they can build their portfolios, design and illustration skills from their home studio. I believe in kindness in design, sustainability in design and business models, and powerful expression of your unique message in your work! You can meet me at the bottom of the page in a video. I’m here to remind you that:
Your message matters.
I am so excited and help you bust through that “feeling stuck” part of you that is itching to get into a groove designing and illustrating figures, fabrics, flats, and fashion designs or costume illustrations.
Each week you receive a new module of demonstration videos, exercises, and projects that build your creativity and your professional skill set. You are invited to share and upload your progress and participate in a lively, supportive community and keep your membership indefinitely. You can pace yourself as needed, and even keep your study private if you prefer. But I promise you, the group participation aspect of the course is PRICELESS!! We give each other feedback, encouragement, and learn from each other and discuss the topics that interest us most! You’ll also gain access to the Fashion Illustration TRIBE Facebook group where we share articles, images, and resources with each other.
MODEL DRAWING/ FIGURE DRAWING
sketch specific garment details: stitching, gathers, flares, darts, necklines, sleeves
start your designer’s sketchbook and keep it going
to sketch lively, vibrant and customizable bodies for your illustrations (NO GIRAFFE PROPORTIONS!)
work with color (pencils and gouache watercolor)
color matching, mixing and pattern rendering
create and present mini collections around themes
on your schedule, at your own pace
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR UNIQUE VISION AND VOICE through these assignments and exercises!!!
full color illustration and techniques
Fashion needs some true inspired voices!
You are inspired, but you need the art skills, processes, orientation and practice to be up to speed with creative, expressive, and professional level design skills…
You can sign up for online course programs (Soulful Fashion Immersion Semester, 12 weeks ) , exclusive Level One coaching program including 3 -40 min Skype sessions ($2000), or simply peruse the blog and videos/ articles for encouragement and to improve your skills!
NEWS: I have also created a more affordable course option: 8 week beginner model drawing and swimwear design studio.
I am so blessed to continue work with students from around the world, from total beginners, to fashion marketers and digital designers, to practicing fashion designers who never got to perfect their sketching skills. Some students even have degrees but never feel they had a supportive teacher to guide them. I can fix that!
I look forward to the adventures we’ll have this year! Come along with the TRIBE!
Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE
With Lots of Love,
Art supply link (this info also in the registration package) is to be purchases SEPARATELY at this link for about $130 from Utrecht Discount Art Supplies. To save, you can remove items. You can also start the course and then buy the items as you see you need them. Purchasing all at once is the best deal because the coupon codes they offer all the time…remember to enter your coupon code from the header into the shopping cart page! (click “add to cart” at the bottom left of the supply list.)