Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode’s Galaxy) is a grand design spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away, with a diameter of 90,000 light years, about half the size of the Milky Way, in the constellation Ursa Major.  Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. The galaxy’s large size and relatively high brightness also makes it a popular target for amateur astronomers.

The year 2016, a small room in a dormitory. There is no M81 studio yet, there are only two students of the Lviv National Academy of Arts. During our daytime, we create illustrations for the “Mysterium” but at night we study for our final exams. Room number 809 is both our office and home.
We were playing board games and balancing between our work and education until we attended Spieltage 2017. This conference changed everything. It was that moment when we finally understood the scale of the board game market and decided to become a part of it. We went all-in.
Sooo Hello 2020! M81 is a bright studio with 10 great artists and 4 years of experience. We can draw the cover, character, tokens, map, icons and even make promotional materials for your game.


We work effectively and quickly. In 4 years we have done practically everything: from simple to complex

illustrations. We also have partners such as BlueCarrot, which allows us to offer you animated instructions and promo clips.
When asked which games we are most proud of, there are 3 we absolutely love: Obscurio, Detective Club and Shadows: Amsterdam.
We love and respect our clients, not only because they are all experienced professionals but also nice and great people.
Finally, M81 helps create board games because we love to play and spend time with our friends. If we hadn’t created an illustration studio, we would still be playing games and drawing for ourselves.
However, since were already here — let’s create a great game together?
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