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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.

The 8 Best 3D Printers 2018

By John Thatch / April 16, 2018

You don’t have to go back too far to find a time when 3D printers were merely a fantasy, with replicators best left to the Star Trek universe. And just as quickly, they went from imaginary to real, then from gigantic machines restricted to rich tech companies to what’s available now for your own home.Whether […]

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

By John Thatch / April 15, 2018

The aurora borealis, or ‘the northern lights’ are perhaps the most iconic natural phenomenon to occur on earth, and almost everyone has seen incredible photography of colored particles dancing across the night sky. But, how do photographers capture the aurora in all its brilliance? It’s no secret that it can be tricky to achieve, but […]

28 Tips for New Photographers

By John Thatch / April 12, 2018

Photography is an incredibly enjoyable hobby that can be super fun and rewarding. But, it’s also a difficult art to master, and it will likely take years to create the type of images that will truly satisfy your creative vision. When you’re first starting out, you’ll need to learn technical skills and to develop your […]

How to Shoot in Low Light

By John Thatch / April 12, 2018

Photography is all about light, and the general rule is the lower the light the harder the shot. But, it’s so worth the effort when the outcome can be spectacular images full of drama and emotion. Whether you’re shooting a beautiful sunset, the northern lights, or a vibrant city scene, you’ll need to understand the […]

The 10 Best Drawing Tablets 2018

By John Thatch / April 3, 2018

Digital art is not for everyone. It takes character and hard work.But if you are so inclined, then in this article you will find gathered the greatest drawing tablets on the planet. They were chosen comparing price, hardware and functionality for a serious artist.”Red” – Gabrielle Germano Drawing Tablets Graphic TabletsCintiq Alternatives ModelIpad Pr​​​​​o 9.7Galaxy […]

The 5 Best Wacom Tablets 2018 (Updated)

By John Thatch / April 1, 2018

Having spent months researching graphic tablets and now being intimately familiar with Wacom’s patented technology and accompanying software I’ve compiled a list of the 9 best Wacom tablets for your various needs. What is that you need? We can’t say that the most expensive Wacom tablet is the best because the most expensive tablet will […]

The Best Laptops for Digital Art 2018

By John Thatch / March 28, 2018

If you’re a digital artist, you’re going to need a laptop that can keep up with your creativity. Among other considerations, that means a machine with a high enough technical spec to handle Photoshop, Maya, or whichever program is your favorite, and a design that is portable enough to take you from meeting, to office, […]

The 10 Best Airbrushes 2018

By John Thatch / March 15, 2018

For years the art of airbrushing has been in decline. Some even call it dead. But a few dedicated souls remain still invested in the craft. Those few who remain however, hold the passion of thousands.In this article you’ll find a few great airbrushes and airbrush kits. Iwata, Olympus, EFBE, Badger, Harder and Steenbeck and […]

10 Amazing Artist Websites in 2018

By John Thatch / March 11, 2018

Whether you create your art digitally, in a traditional format, or via immersive installations, an online presence is now more important than ever. It’s the opportunity to get your work out there and your name known, and so it is hugely important not to waste that chance.A website will often be an artist’s first introduction […]

The 8 Best Tattoo Machines 2018

By John Thatch / March 5, 2018

Despite being an ancient tradition, particularly in the Pacific, tattoo artists have evolved a lot in the past twenty years. While technologies for tattoos vary both with time and culture, most people avoid tattoos applied manually with needles or animal bones.Instead, tattoo artists are faced with choosing between coil and rotary tattoo machines for applying […]

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