Hi, I'm Apollo Maldonado. I first created All Sketched Out in 2015 as only a creative outlet. I have many skills and talents, many ideas for paintings, digital designs and concepts going through my mind at all times and I wanted to share them the world. To my surprise, people started asking for artwork and were willing to pay me! In 2016, my career as an artist officially began. I expanded my services to portraits, digital art, logos, flyers and other marketing material. Paint Nights were another revenue stream I started and quickly realized, during my first paint night, how time consuming it was to set up, how messy the session can get, and how even messier the teardown and cleanup was. This got me to thinking out of the box (as I always do). I went into my basement/studio and drafted up a business plan of what would be the worlds first Digital Paint Night! It wasn't until September 2018, an investor took interest into my concept and helped me realize my dream.
A month later I met with The Making Meriden Business Center (Dave Coolie & Lisa Biesak). I was looking for an office space to launch The Digital Paint Night and they were looking for an artist who would become a resident artist, create a pop-up art studio and help with revitalizing Meriden's art and culture. THIS WAS PERFECT!!
In January 2019 I officially launched the worlds first therapeutic digital painting experience out of an office space in Downtown Meriden that we named "The Artists Colony". It was sponsored by MEDCO and Silver City Properties in collaboration with the MMBC.
Since then I've been running All Sketched Out LLC out of The Artists Colony. Collaborating with like minded artists from in and around Meriden to paint murals and creating art events with The Silver City Ballroom. I am providing services to new and established small businesses such as logos, web design, custom graphics and much more as well as providing therapeutic digital painting sessions to cancer patients and survivors at Hartford Healthcare. I have also launched Techné Academy (After school digital art classes for Middle and High School students).
This sign has become all too familiar on the windows and doors of small businesses since the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the shutdown of the world in March 2020. All small businesses were affected... some more than others. Most of them may never return back to normal operations. Some may never return at all.
I watched as our reality of a normal life fell apart in a matter of days. My dreams of owning a business withered away. All Sketched Out LLC was severely impacted by the shutdown and I was forced to shut it all down.
I soon received word from my colleagues from the MMBC that there wasn't enough funding to keep The Artists Colony open and with All Sketched Out's operations ceased, I wouldn't have the funds to keep up with rent and utilities. It was my time to go. I was heartbroken, I had to say goodbye to my very first official art studio and to the people who have become not only my friends but family. The Artists Colony was always meant to be a pop-up, there was always a time limit.
I started thinking about my original business plan draft. I originally wanted to make a mobile digital art studio and host The Digital Paint Night within it.
I decided to purchase an old 5 window short school bus, rebrand All Sketched Out and relaunch!!
YES! THAT'S RIGHT! I converted a school bus into the world's first technologically advanced, COVID-19 regulations compliant digital art studio and therapeutic digital painting experience!
How is it COVID-19 safe?
The entire bus is sanitary! Not only is every computer and pen sanitized after each use, The swing door is outfitted with TRUE UVC-3 LED lighting to kill 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria when a person passes through as well as a TRUE UVC-3 air purifier which continuously pumps clean, purified, hospital-grade air into the bus. Everyone can safely experience the therapeutic benefits of digital art, light and healing sound frequency.