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In pursuit of perfection, Series M adds more tools to your painting arsenal, unlocking a greater range of techniques.
In pursuit of perfection, Series M adds more tools to your painting arsenal, unlocking a greater range of techniques.
1,269 backers pledged £68,332 to help bring this project to life.

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Following the successful completion of our first project, Series S, painters from all over the world reached out to us to discuss their different techniques and approach to the hobby.

Our previous campaign: Series S
Our previous campaign: Series S

After 6 further months of R&D, we are excited to bring you Series M: a different approach.

Through further research, we discovered that "Miniature size brushes" are a desired addition to many painter's arsenals.

These brushes feature a shorter, smaller point, in contrast to normal brushes like Series S.

Series M has been designed with the insight of Katarzyna Gorza, a prolific and talented artist within the industry. Katarzyna describes them as "the perfect miniature series".

A physical comparison of Series M (Size 1) and Series S (Size 1)
A physical comparison of Series M (Size 1) and Series S (Size 1)

Series M has been designed and will be built to the same rigorous standards of quality that we upheld with Series S, using only the highest grade pure Kolinsky Sable. Users can expect the same durability and longevity, as well as pristine, perfect points, and our broader ergonomic handles to increase comfort over long hours of painting.

Users new to Artis Opus brushes will easily adjust to the increased width, and then benefit from the comfort, avoiding ‘painter’s cramp’, and allowing them to paint for longer. The singular design of Series M produces a tip with less flex than traditionally shaped brushes, allowing for an unyielding head.


Miniature brushes are defined by their shorter heads, with less length to the bristles they have less flex. Some artists use these stiffer brushes for detail work, freehand, line-work, etc, while others use them for the majority of painting as a matter of personal preference. Whatever the use ‘Miniatures’ are employed when there is a need for precision, accuracy, and control.
 

Brush Anatomy
Brush Anatomy

We think our brushes handles and balance are perfect, so we’ve kept the broader ‘grip’, to aid comfort and control, and not changed anything but the heads.

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. Cherry scented (in contrast to the Bergamot scent in Series S). 


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.

Working from our solid foundation of high quality components and functional application, Series M has been designed to be a perfect fit for the purpose. Our larger handle is also designed to be both distinctive and practical. 


Example Shown on White Oak Insert Wood Upgrade

Example Shown on White Oak Insert Wood Upgrade

 Example Shown on White Oak Insert Wood Upgrade


Insert wood upgrade add-on


MINIATURE ADD-ON'S FROM BIG CHILD CREATIVES


MINIATURE ADD-ON'S FROM HERA MODEL'S


MINIATURE ADD-ON'S FROM ATLANTIS MINIATURES



We’ve all used miniature brushes, and had very good idea of the proportions we would prefer, so we set to work with manufacture to get our first prototypes. 

Prototype brushes #001 and #002:

Prototype #001
Prototype #001
Prototype #002
Prototype #002

We know our way around a paintbrush, however we don’t do things by halves, so enlisted a bona-fide expert! With the help of Kat prototype batch #001 went through revisions until we arrived at the perfect ratio of width and length for a miniature brush, as signed off by one of the most prolific and striking users of miniature brushes in our industry.

 

Prototype Batch #001
Prototype Batch #001

August 2018 - November 2018 - Initial Idea, prototyping, internal testing.

October 2018 - January 2019 - External testing and sign off with Kat.

February 2019 - Kickstarter launch

March 2019 - Kickstarter ends. Pledge manager launched. Manufacture & quality control begin

June 2019 - June shipping wave ships 

July 2019 - October 2019 - Remaining Pledge waves shipped 

October 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 get your brushes.


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

Only legitimate, bricks and mortar store-owning retailers qualify. If you are not a store and select this pledge you will be refunded, 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 because of 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 our previous project, 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 almost 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 M, and will aim to deliver early.

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    1 x Series M: Brush Set (June Shipping)

    The complete brush set: including 4 brushes, soap and box. This production batch is scheduled to ship in June.

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    Retailer Pledge (Store Only)

    6 complete brush sets: each including 4 brushes, soap and box. Plus POS stand and promotional material. Must be a store. UK companies subject to +20% in pledge manager.

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