Blunder Years

Laura Spencer Illustrates
2019 Emerging Artist Grantee

Post 04 – Blunder Years

TLDR: A follow-up to the previous blog post – a quick look at images from yesteryear and a new sketch to see how far I’ve come.

Long time, no post! Needless to say, I am in over my head with freelance work, and it’s been taking a toll on my Grantee responsibilities. I’m trying my damndest to get ahead – so the next several blog post will be quick updates and images. I wish I could share some of these freelance projects with you all, but they are tightly under wraps until the official finished designs can be published – but soon, I promise!

In the meantime, here are those old sketches from my PCCA audition application [see my previous blog most for more details]. Also – a little look at my transformation from 8th grade self portraiture till now. Not too shabby (if I do say so myself) but I have a long long ways to go in refining my skills. So, less talking. More drawing. 

PCCA Audition Application - Still Life of Shoes
PCCA Audition Application – Still Life of Shoes • Graphite ca. 2006 [8th grade]

 

PCCA Audition Application - Drawing of Hands [01]
PCCA Audition Application – Drawing of Hands [01], ca. 2006 • Charcoal • from Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life [Pro-tip: ALWAYS use acid-free paper, and store them in an archival folder [d’oh!].
 
PCCA Audition Application - Drawing of Hands [02]
PCCA Audition Application – Drawing of Hands [02], ca. 2006 [8th grade] • Charcoal • Yep, those are my little critter fingers, drawn from life
 
PCCA Audition Application - Self Portrait from Mirror
PCCA Audition Application – Self Portrait from Mirror, ca. 2006 [8th grade] • Graphite
 
Self Portrait with Witch Hair [02]
Self Portrait with Witch Hair • 10-minute sketch from mirror • Graphite • July 2019 Fun Fact: I have this one, creepy, long chin hair that I’ve imbibed with magical powers – ONLY to be plucked for a very important wish. It’s pretty gross and weird, but then again, so am I!
 
Laura Spencer - Self Portrait with Witch Hair [01]
Self Portrait • 10-minute sketch from mirror • Graphite • July 2019
Mentor Meeting:

Switching it up a little bit from the typical “Personal History” section, I’ll be sharing some thoughts, ideas, critiques and concepts from my Emerging Artist Grant Mentor Program. With that being said, it is an honor and privilege to announce Chad Mize [aka Chizzy] as my grant mentor!

Chad is an Artist, Designer, Muralist, and all around Renaissance man here in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the proprietor of MIZE Gallery, as well as the former, most infamous Blue Lucy Gallery [RIP]. Early in my career, Chad featured my work in a variety of exhibits, which helped to jumpstart my entire career. A big thank you and shot out to Chizzy – thanks for taking me under your wing, I can’t wait to absorb ever bit of knowledge I can from you, oh Jedi Master!

Jedi Mize educating his young Padawan Critter

On my mind:

 

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