THE ART OF... Volumes 1-3

Created by Dave Taylor

The first three volumes of a series of books about wonderful miniatures art.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Well underway. Thanks for your patience.
24 days ago – Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 07:56:10 PM

Hello Everyone!

It has been a little while since our last update, and it has been an incredibly hectic and trying summer. Thankfully, our authors have been diligently working away at their text, and providing a steady stream of images of their wonderful miniatures art. As these things have been coming in, I've been diving into the layout and getting everything ready for final editing.


Last time around, we were about 50 pages into the almost 370 pages we need to complete.

Now, eight weeks later, we are close to 300 pages laid out, with final editing work currently being done on 220. We are on track to have all the files to the printers ahead of schedule, but I'm not going to make any promises about early shipping, because we aren't all the way there yet. 


The thing I'm most excited about with these books as they stand is that there isn't a formulaic feel to them. Even though the fonts and columns and headers etc. are the same, each artist is really bringing their own take on miniatures art to their book. I'm excited to see this develop across all the future books in the series too. 


Pledge Manager and Pre-Orders

We have just over 100 backers who have yet to complete their pledge manager survey. I'll be sending reminders again next week, but if you haven't filled out your survey yet, please do so. 

The Pre-Order Store is open too, and if you have friends who missed the campaign, they can jump in and pre-order copies of all the books, as well as trhe various campaign add-ons (like the lovely slipcase). The Pre-Order Store can be found at:

https://the-art-of-vols-1-3.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders


And to round things out, here are two images from the books

HALO Strike Team - Christof Keil
Unicorn Run - Ana Polanscak

Cheers

Dave and THE ART OF... team

Everything is well underway!
3 months ago – Sat, Jul 03, 2021 at 01:53:51 AM

I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how things are progressing with THE ART OF... project before we got too far into the summer season. 

The Pledge Manager

It as been just over two weeks since we launched the BackerKit Pledge Manager and about 85% of you have already jumped in and filled out your surveys, paid for your shipping, and snagged a few of the cool Add-Ons (almost 500 slipcases have been purchased!) That means we only have about another 200 backers who are yet to complete their surveys. If you haven't already done so, I'll ask you to check your email folders (particularly the Spam folder) to find the survey email from BackerKit, and then click on through to complete it all, even if you only ordered digital products. In a couple of weeks time, BackerKit will send out a reminder email to those who haven't filled it out yet, but if you want to get that sorted out earlier and need me to resend your survey, please message me here on Kickstarter.

Our current plan is to charge all the cards at the beginning of October (1st or 2nd) and I'll be sure to send out a reminder update before we do. 

The Books

Our artists have been working hard, writing their text and taking new photos, and revising their text, and then uploading it all for me to get started on. I'm currently around the 50-page mark for Christof's book which has some wonderful insights into the way he puts his wonderful kitbashes together, and the way he develops his stories and background for the miniatures too. Although I've been converting miniatures for 30 years, I've already learned a few things from Christof, and have a greater appreciation of how to be more mindful in my approach! 

We've started on the first pass of editing too, and will be going hardcore into that by the end of July. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be receiving some more "finished" sections from the artists and July/August will be jammed solid with layout and conversations to help refine ideas and images. This is really my favorite part of the process. 

The Pre-Order Store

The Pre-Order store is also now open, so if you have any friends or fellow painters who might have missed the Kickstarter, you can send them this link and they'll be able to join us on the first steps of this excellent journey. 

https://the-art-of-vols-1-3.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders


Thank you all, as always, for your support and faith. I'm excited to start showing you more examples in the coming weeks and months.


Cheers

Dave

All surveys have been sent out!
3 months ago – Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 10:41:26 AM

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thank you all for your patience. The Smopke Test went very smoothly over the weekend, with no issues being reported, so I have just hit the "Send All Surveys" button. 

Although you do have a bit of time to complete them, I would ask that you do so as soon as you get a chance, so that we're not chasing you up further down the line, spamming your inbox with requests. 

If yo have any questions at all, please ask them in the comments section here, or send me a message on Kickstarter.

First pages are underway!

I had a great chat this morning with Christof and I've started layout on the first section of his book. Very exciting using the actual text and specific photos to get rolling. In the coming updates I'll post a sample spread or two. 

Pre-order store

In addition to having the surveys on their way out to everyone, we have also opened the BackerKit Pre-order Store for late pledges. If you have friends that missed out on the campaign you can guide them towards this link:

https://the-art-of-vols-1-3.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders


We want to thank you all for your support, and we are very excited to bring you these wonderful books!

Cheers

Dave and THE ART OF... team

It is almost pledge manager survey time!
3 months ago – Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 03:30:28 AM

Thank you all for your patience. Over the last few weeks, since the Kickstarter concluded on such a high note, I've been building out the BackerKit pledge manager and pre-order store. This morning I made the final tweaks and it was approved by the BackerKit team, so we are all good to start rolling it out!


First Step - The Smoke Test

BackerKit likes to do a little thing called a Smoke Test, where they send the survey out to 5% of backers to see if there are any issues that need to be fixed before it goes out to everyone. It's much easier to handle on this end, and it makes sure everything is as smooth as possible on your end. 

I'll hit the Smoke Test button today, and we'll give everyone who receives it the weekend to get their survey filled out and shipping paid for etc. Assuming there are no problems, I'll send it out to everyone else on Monday. 


The Pledge Manager Survey itself 

We've kept the survey very simple: 

• You can choose to increase your pledge level – the best thing to do if you've pledged at the $1 level

• Select any of the Add-Ons you might like – if you already added their value to your pledge total during the campaign, your money will be in there as credit and this is where you get to select the specific Add-Ons you want. 

• Enter and confirm your shipping address, email, and phone number. If you have only selected PDF items, you will not need to enter your shipping address. 

• Pay for the balance – any level changes, Add-Ons, and shipping. Despite imminent changes to EU VAT laws and a few other hiccups, we've been able to keep the shipping costs very close to our initial estimates in the campaign, with any increases being at most $2. 

Please Note: we'll be charging the cards at the end of the Pledge Manager period, which is currently set for the end of September. Knowing that many folks get paid on the first of the month, we'll hold off until October 2nd. 


How do I up my pledge level (if I would like to)?

That's a very good question, and we've created these images to guide you through that process. 

Step One

On the first page of the pledge manager you'll see this (although your pledge level and location may vary). Click on the text that says "switch your pledge level"underneath the green button.

Step Two

Select the new pledge level you would like. In our example we've picked the "All the Books!" level.

Step Three

Click on the "Switch" button at the bottom of the list.

Step Four

This is a confirmation button. It says that you'll reset various things, but as you haven't entered this information yet, it is all fine. Click on OK.

Step Five

You'll be brought back to this page (note the changed Pledge Level) and you are ready to click on the "Get Started" button. After that everything should be pretty straightforward. 


Our final Stretch Goal

We came very close to hitting our final stretch goal during the campaign, and since that time I've spoken with Ana and she has agreed that we can add those pages anyway, so Volume Three will now also have 112 pages of Ana Polanscak goodness in it! 


One final bit of housekeeping 

Some of you may have noticed in your Kickstarter messages that you received a message during the course of the campaign (dated between April 30 and May 21) about a survey. This was a small survey about the campaign itself that gave us an opportunity to adjust certain things while it was running. The ability to fill out THAT survey ended as soon as the campaign did, so you can comfortably ignore it. The only important survey now will be going to your email inboxes (not KS Messages) over the next 3-4 days. 


Of course, if you have any questions, just let me know and we'll get you sorted out. Thank you once again for your support of THE ART OF... series.


Cheers

Dave

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
4 months ago – Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:03:49 AM

Thank you!

Aaron, Elizabeth, Matt, Christof, Ana and I would like to thank everyone for their support on our journey to create the first three Volumes of THE ART OF...  You have shown us that there's a definite desire to see these kinds of books that present more photos than social media, and more info on thought processes than great tutorial videos. We all look forward to creating the best books we can for you to enjoy!


What's next?

• Over the next couple of days, Kickstarter will charge the cards you used, and gather all of the pledge info together. 

• Next week I'll start building the BackerKit pledge manager, working with the BackerKit team and my fulfillment partners to ensure we've got everything squared away. 

• In mid-June we'll send out all the BackerKit surveys to everyone so that you can make sure you have all the Add-ons you would like and that your shipping costs are covered. 

• At the same time, we'll be working through each book, getting the first few chapters of each set in place and making sure that we have a clear path for the final writing stages, photography, editing and layout. These will continue through July and August, and we'll keep you up to date on our progress throughout. 


So, keep an eye out in mid-June for the BackerKit survey, and make sure you're following all of our artists on their social medias (found towards the bottom of the campaign page) to see if they give any sneak peeks along the way ;) 


Cheers

Dave and THE ART OF... Team