Living The Dream

I always giggle when someone tells me they are jealous of how I can sit around and draw all day. I have been told by several that I am living the dream.
If that were what I did, I could see why someone might envy me. However, that could not be further than the truth. In a year, I earn less than what an average minimum wage salary provides. And for that I work, on average, 120 hours a week. Out of those 120 hours, you may be surprised to learn that approximately only 30-40 hours are actually spent ‘drawing’. Behind the scenes, I do way more. I am doing social media managing and marketing, all PR, all advertising, and customer service completely alone. I am not allowed to use my own Imagination on every project and have to create what another wants. This means multiple revisions to achieve what a client sees as perfection. On virtually every book, with the exception of two children’s stories that I have illustrated, I also did the editing, formatting, cover creating, and submitting to the printers as well as all advertising, social media and book trailers.
Why do I bring this up today? Because I just spent my entire morning and afternoon updating my own website, http://www.alysathena.com/ to reflect new laws. If you are anything like me, you really never read the “terms of service”, “privacy policies”, or “use of cookies”. Yet I had to add these lovely bits of information. So when you think I am doodling and drawing all day long and how lucky I am, please realize, I work. I work VERY hard. It is incredibly time consuming and hardly lucrative. Most part-time workers earn more in a week than I do in two months.
I love my job because I am able to do it even though I am disabled and can still educate Kira.
I am not complaining at all, I know I am blessed.
But, please, never confuse my hard work for luck.

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Welcoming May

Is it only me, or is anyone else also finding it hard to believe that this year is nearly half way over? I think time has somehow sped up. I hear it goes faster the older you get, and with this pace, it has me envisioning that soon a year will feel like a day used to. I swear it was just February.

With summer rapidly encroaching, the temperatures are drastically increasing.  Gone are the days of doors and windows open and enjoying the beautiful breezes.  Only to be replaced with hiding indoors with the house sealed up like a drum and the ac running full blast!  Oh, how I miss my pool; which reminds me, hurricane season will be here shortly as well.  Remind me again why people love Florida?

I have ten million (yes, I am absolutely exaggerating) projects running at once here.  From gun powder art to virtual sculpting.  It seems my art projects are as disorganized as my thoughts lately.  I have so very many things I want to complete yet seldom seem to find the adequate time to do so!

Here are a few of the artistic projects I am amidst presently.  Eventually I will complete something, maybe!

This is *Prismatic Lepidote* The Wayward Discus Fish, a part of my Wayward Critter Series. This series combines artistic creations in multiple mediums from digital to hand-painted characters of a surreal nature.

This is a peek into the next book I am amidst illustrating for the incredibly talented Barbara Poor.  I am quite honored to be working with her once again; this will be our fourth title together!

I have begun hand painting cameo style pendants that will feature my original lowbrow characters.

Here are just two of the many virtual reality sculptures I am amidst creating. They will be included in my Wayward Critter Series once they have been completed.

This is another virtual reality venture.  This one has a steeper learning curve, as you can see.

Here are two of the paintings I am currently working on.

As you can see, I have quite a bit going on at once, and this is not everything.  There is much, much more. Stay tuned to for a post on making water color paints and painting with them!

In the interim, I am off for now to try and actually finish something, if anything, that I have started!