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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 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 […]

The 8 Best Wacom Tablets 2019

By John Thatch / March 1, 2019

Drawing tablets are hugely popular with digital artists working in fields such as graphic design, animation, and illustration. Wacom has always been up there with the best in terms of functionality and range, and there’s a model available for every possible requirement. The choice in Wacom’s range is so vast that it can actually be a […]

The 10 Best 3D Pens 2019

By John Thatch / February 24, 2019

Buying a 3D pen will open you up to a new world of creativity, and there’s so much you can do with one: from designing accessories and building models to creating unique pieces of art. 3D pens work by heating up plastic filament which is then fed through a nozzle to create thin streams of soft […]

The 10 Best Drawing Tablets 2019

By John Thatch / February 18, 2019

If you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, or digital artist you’ll know that a drawing tablet can boost your creativity and streamline your workflow. Their ability to turn hand drawings into accurate digital representations is enough to tempt beginners and seasoned professionals away from traditional pencil and paper, and as the trend grows so do the […]

The 10 Best Laser Cutters AIO Machine Engravers 2019

By John Thatch / February 10, 2019

Laser cutters and laser engravers haven’t always been accessible or affordable, but in recent years this has changed. Now, you can create unique customized crafts at home with minimal spending or effort. Whether you’re trying your hand at engraving for the first time, are a seasoned craftsperson or manufacturer, or are a small business looking […]

The 10 Best Drafting Tables 2019

By John Thatch / February 3, 2019

Whether you’re an architect, professional comic artist, craft hobbyist, or artist, you’ll need a great desk to work from. Flat desks have their uses, but if you’re drawing or designing you’ll benefit from investing in a drafting table that has a tilting top. There are lots of great drafting tables available on the market, and the […]

The 24 Best Website Builders for Artists 2019

By John Thatch / February 1, 2019

If you’re working in a creative industry, the internet will likely be the first place you show off your art. With an ever-increasing audience of potential customers and collaborators waiting to be impressed, it’s imperative that you showcase your work online in the most visually appealing way. That’s where online art portfolio builders come in: they’re […]

The 5 Best Lotions for Tattoo Aftercare 2019

By John Thatch / January 23, 2019

Getting a new tattoo is exciting, but anyone who’s had one will agree that the soreness and itching that comes afterward can be a little unpleasant. Thankfully, the rising popularity of tattooing has led to a flurry of new tattoo aftercare products which make the healing process much more bearable. Additional reading: The most painful places to […]

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