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John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

Human Body Drawing

By John Thatch / October 22, 2019

If you have attempted drawing the human body, you know it is more than an evolved stick figure. You must have the correct proportions, the muscle shape, and take into account the many variations of the human form. In nature, there are no other species with quite so many different shapes and colors, and creating […]

Best Numbing Cream Tattoo 2019

By John Thatch / October 11, 2019

They always say that pain is part of the process of getting a tattoo. But does it really have to be? Sure, getting a tattoo is a rite of passage for some, but some of us just like turning our skin into a beautiful canvas. Can the tattoo process be enjoyable and without pain. It was […]

Best Pens for Drawing

By John Thatch / October 3, 2019

From the first time we pick up our favorite crayon to scrawl shapes as a child, we learn the importance of a good drawing pen. The tool must be an extension of our hands which can make the image in our mind appear on the paper in front of us.  It is tricky to know what […]

Getting Started Drawing in Photoshop for Beginners

By John Thatch / September 23, 2019

Photoshop is no doubt one of the most versatile graphics programs going in our industry. For a good, but general, graphics program, it can be used for a wide variety of different uses, from manipulating photos to preparing images for print.One of the most common uses for artists is drawing. This gives them a valuable tool […]

Huion 1060 Plus Drawing Graphic Tablet

By John Thatch / September 17, 2019

Unboxing a 1060 Plus Drawing TabletWhy Huion 1060 Plus Drawing Tablet?Are you a graphic artist, fashion designer or someone who enjoys adding extra elements to your design work? If you are anything like me maybe you have found that your artistic work is a little lacking when you draw on regular paper. It can happen […]

Getting Started With Drawing Anime

By John Thatch / September 12, 2019

Getting Started With Drawing AnimeThe anime/manga style is more widespread now than it has ever been. Beginning in Japan and other Asian countries, its popularity has skyrocketed in the West, with many budding artists adapting their work to its style. But drawing anime or also referred to as manga drawing can take some adjusting even […]

The 10 Best Computers for Video Editing

By John Thatch / June 12, 2019

As any video editor knows, it takes a lot of computing power to handle all that goes into creating a beautiful video sequence. Editing software is notoriously demanding, transferring terabytes of footage can be time-consuming, and rendering scenes can kill an unworthy machine.To keep workflows smooth and lag-free you’re going to need a computer that […]

The 10 Best Watercolor Pencils 2019

By John Thatch / April 4, 2019

If you’re an artist who enjoys drawing and painting, watercolor pencils offer a great way of combining the two mediums. Water-soluble colored pencils are designed to work with or without the addition of water. Used dry, you get a colored pencil effect with sharp lines and clear detail. But, when water is added to either the […]

The 10 Best Cintiq Alternatives 2019

By John Thatch / March 29, 2019

If you’re a digital artist working in illustration, graphic design, animation, or any other non-traditional art form, you probably already know how useful a drawing tablet can be for bringing your creations to life.Wacom’s Cintiq tablets are hugely popular with digital artists, but they’re not the only option. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to […]

The 10 Best Calligraphy Pens 2019

By John Thatch / March 27, 2019

Calligraphy is the art of creating beautiful lettering and symbols, and since its ancient beginnings, it’s been used by various cultures around the world. It’s widely seen on wedding invitations, certificates and plaques, and more recently in marketing collateral and advertisements. Modern calligraphy is growing in popularity, and as such, so is the variety of […]

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