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The rebirth of dry-brushing...
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Artis Opus - Series D: Brush Set

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Following the successful completion of our previous project, Series S, and recent successful funding of Series M...

We are proud to now launch our third brush range, Series D

The D, of course, stands for DRY-BRUSH!


In its most simple form, dry-brushing is a painting technique that utilises the texture and volume of a model to pick up paint and highlight prominent details.

This project is the result of questioning traditional tools and methods. For the first time ever, an alternatively designed drybrush has been produced purely for miniature painting. Series D rethinks and redefines drybrushing from the ground up.

Working in conjunction with two prolific and decorated painters and dry-brushing specialists, David Soper and Bohun, we are proud to have produced the finest quality dry-brushes that the miniature painting industry has ever seen.

After 4 years of R&D, we are excited to finally bring you Series D: the rebirth of the dry-brush.


With Series D brushes, you can achieve:

  • Smoother volumes and flat areas
  • Perfect stippling, using the round head’s natural fade toward the edges
  • ‘Edge highlighting’ with minimal paint transfer on surrounding areas
  • More delicate dry-brushing, allowing for more subtlety, and looking after your models!

Heads

Series D features rounded brush heads, rather than flat. This fundamental change allows detail to be picked up from any direction, with brush strokes passing in any direction, rather than only with linear use. They also wear down, not out, and don’t fray. I.e. these brushes break in, rather than breaking. This helps you achieve better results, with a longer lasting brush, which ages with dignity, wearing to fit the user’s style.


Handles

Series D’s chunky and short handles allow for maximum control, application and comfort. Much like our traditional brushes, this wider than normal grip helps avoid "painter’s cramp" over prolonged use.


Hair

Series D brushes are produced with finest quality, densely packed, premium grade hair. Not the rough, coarse hair usually associated with dry-brushes. This helps paint transfer, and also assists with cleaning and durability.



Dampening Pot

Our range of Technical Dry Brushes also include a dampening pot which when combined with our new dry brushing technique unlocks more variation and control without risk of saturating the brush and decreasing life expectancy.


Prototype Brushes
Prototype Brushes

Solid Wooden Box

Made from solid beech, our box is picked for its simplicity and beauty. Both classic and practical, it is able to withstand the wear sustained in travel or transport, while keeping your brushes secure and safe. Our unique foam insert firmly grips brushes. Widened chambers along with "grippy" brush protectors ensure that the brush-heads are kept in pristine condition.

Soap

Handmade like our brushes, our soap gently cleans and conditions brushes, removing even the most stubbornly ingrained paint. Sandalwood scented (in contrast to the Bergamot scent in Series S & Cherry in Series M).  


"I’ve been using Artis Opus brushes for over a year now so I was expecting good things when I had the chance to try Series D. These new brushes have been specially created for dry brushing and went well beyond my expectations. Not only did the Series D brushes lend themselves perfectly to the technique, as I’ve understood it, but they also helped me to discover applications of dry brushing that I’d never considered. The dense soft bristles have enabled me to achieve a softer and more controlled application of paint than I’ve managed before. I’m looking forward to discovering where I can take my painting with Series D!" - David Soper
"I’ve been using Artis Opus brushes for over a year now so I was expecting good things when I had the chance to try Series D. These new brushes have been specially created for dry brushing and went well beyond my expectations. Not only did the Series D brushes lend themselves perfectly to the technique, as I’ve understood it, but they also helped me to discover applications of dry brushing that I’d never considered. The dense soft bristles have enabled me to achieve a softer and more controlled application of paint than I’ve managed before. I’m looking forward to discovering where I can take my painting with Series D!" - David Soper
"I've been looking for a long time for brushes that would be ideal for my stippling and drybrush technique, but couldn't find any. The Artis Opus D brushes are just what I've been looking for. The combination of their round shape, slightly rounded tip and short, yet very soft bristles let me apply the paint just how I want to and make the transitions as soft as if I were using glazes!" - Bohun
"I've been looking for a long time for brushes that would be ideal for my stippling and drybrush technique, but couldn't find any. The Artis Opus D brushes are just what I've been looking for. The combination of their round shape, slightly rounded tip and short, yet very soft bristles let me apply the paint just how I want to and make the transitions as soft as if I were using glazes!" - Bohun


X-Large and Large brush comparison
X-Large and Large brush comparison
The gorgeous Badger - 54mm
The gorgeous Badger - 54mm
Dr Shelly: one-piece perfection - 76mm height
Dr Shelly: one-piece perfection - 76mm height
The overburdened Edwin Gorr, bursting with character!
The overburdened Edwin Gorr, bursting with character!

 Texture Pallets to use in conjunction with Series D Drybrush Technique

Cyborg Girl by Frozen Ninja 3D

Summoning a Dragon by Frozen Ninja 3D

Flower Girl by Frozen Ninja 3D

Neuro Hunter by Red Piano Miniatures 

Stranger by Red Piano Miniatures 

Founded on beauty and ergonomic design, Artis Opus combines premium quality, durability and elegance. We use only the finest components in our products, making us the natural choice for both aspiring and leading painters.


2013 - 2018 - Initial Ideas, various designs, shapes, materials and hair prototypes produced and tested.

October 2018 - November 2018 - Final Production Prototype produced for testing & sign off. 

November - December 2018 - Internal testing.

January 2019 - Final Prototypes signed off.

February 2019 - March 2019 - External testing and sign off with artists including Bohun and David Soper.

April 2019 - Kickstarter launch.

May 2019 - Kickstarter ends. Pledge manager launched and production planning.

June 2019 - Production & quality control begins.

August 2019 - Shipping pledge waves begins.

October 2019 - Final pledge wave shipped.

November 2019 - Retail launch.



Estimates: 

UK - £4

Europe - £6

Rest of World - £7

Production has already begun for a number of brush sets, but we simply don't know what the demand will be for this project. It is likely that the first batch will disappear fast, and further batches will take a little longer to produce. Therefore we have decided to give early backers a head-start, in the form of limited "early shipping" pledge levels.

It is essential that every brush set is the highest of quality. Higher volume will require further production runs and will mean longer production lead-times, as well as a longer quality control process. Simply put, the earlier you pledge, the earlier you will receive your brushes.


Designed by a team rooted in the gaming and hobby industry, the Series D retailer pledge is the perfect selection for a hobby store to start selling Artis Opus products. We are proud to support FLGS (Friendly Local Gaming Stores) within the industry, and welcome you as a stockist.

Only legitimate, "brick and mortar store" hobby/gaming/art retailers qualify. If you are not a store and select this pledge then you will be refunded and you will not receive a retailer pledge.

All retailers will receive an invoice.

Please note that UK retailers will be charged an additional 20% in the pledge manager in order to cover VAT.

Risks and challenges

Transitioning a product from the mind of the designers into the hands of backers involves planning and coordination between design, logistics and various manufacturers in order to deliver on schedule. We have already been through this entire process successfully, with Series S, here on Kickstarter.

Although a reasonably new company, the team behind Artis Opus have a large amount of collective industry experience, as well as long standing relationships with key manufacturing partners. The product itself has been tested by some of the best artists in the world.

Since the supply chain already exists and has been operating for 1 year, and we already have several prototypes in circulation, we believe risk is low. One of the biggest challenges will be maintaining quality with increase in volume. Steps are being put in place to ensure every set is top quality. One of the team will personally check and sign off every set that is posted with this project.

One of the key things we have learned from our previous project is importance of contingency, in terms of time as well as product solutions. We have added more contingency to Series D, and will aim to deliver early.

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    - September Shipping
    - Exclusive, numbered and engraved Harder & Steenbeck CoP Evolution airbrush
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- (30 days)