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(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.

Hello, Gorgeous Global Visionary!

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 this page in a video.

In Fashion Illustration Tribe’s Soulful Fashion Immersion Semester ONLINE COURSE:

  • 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 my online course program (Soulful Fashion Immersion Semester, 12 weeks ), 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!

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With Lots of Love,


ps reminder: Blog articles link here.  12 week Soulful Fashion Foundation Immersion Semester registration link here.  Full-service coaching (course plus Skype appointments) here.

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.)

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