Eagle Down Studios started off as a way for me to make a living, however it didn’t fully come to fruition. I knew it was a massive undertaking and I had a lot to learn along the way, but I had always dreamed of being a professional artist and wanted so dearly to make it happen. I had high hopes that I could use my many creative abilities to support myself and I felt the time was right to try it. It was a huge risk and that was one of the reasons I put it off for so long. It was a lot easier to find a job somewhere and just do that but I wanted to take a break from the workforce for a while.
The biggest obstacle to getting my business off the ground was funding. The fact that I wasn’t able to secure a business loan coupled with me not being able to raise money with a business that was not fully operational put me in a very bad financial situation. Nobody will ever know just how hard things got for me, I honestly don’t even know how I managed get through it. The situation got so dire that it forced me to seek employment elsewhere.
Tomorrow, I start a new job. While I’m really excited for it and see myself keeping this job long-term, it also begs the question: what happens with Eagle Down Studios?
The answer: it will live on.
Only it’ll be scaled back significantly. My initial idea was to offer all of my creative skills, hoping to ensure that I’d always have projects to work on, but now that I’m going to be working at a different job I won’t have time for everything.
As it stands now, I’ll be working full-time at my new job and I’ll be doing my computer graphics and painting at home on evenings and weekends. With a steady income, I’m hoping I’ll be able to save money and buy the equipment that I need with my own money.
The main thing I need is a large-format printer so that will be my priority. Then once I get additional supplies such as paper and ink, I’ll be able to start printing off my designs as I always had planned.
This website will still be running and I’m going to be concentrating on painting for the next few months. I’ll also still be doing my computer graphics, so you can expect to continue seeing artwork produced.
In terms of a timeline, I’m hoping to have all of the required equipment in about a year, at which point I’ll start producing prints. There’s also the option of having someone produce some prints for me, but that’s going to cost money so I’ll think on it some more.
I will no longer be offering my audio/video services or anything else, all of that will be cut out. For the next little while, I’ll be reconfiguring my website to reflect what I’ll be offering from now on.
Thank you to everyone who’s taken an interest in my art and followed me on my journey. This is not the end, it’s a new beginning.