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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 7 Best Colored Pencils For Artists

By John Thatch / a few months ago

There are no clear cut, absolute best colored pencils.Because most experienced artists tend to mix, match and develop a distinct style they like.An artist will have a set of colored pencils they prefer, that they’ll compile according to their personal experience. Each colored pencil has their own composition, features and flaws.But…A rule of thumb to […]

The 5 Best DSLR for Video 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

In the early 2000’s, the only real options available for shooting video were ‘camcorders’. Fast forward a decade and videographers’ are crying out for a camera that is more compact and budget friendly. And that is where DSLR’s come in. Those larger ‘traditional’ camcorders aren’t being made anymore, and, after a slight dip in interest […]

The 5 Best Video Editing Laptops in 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

With so many options on the market, it can be a tough and sometimes frustrating task to buy a new laptop. And, when you have a very specific requirement for your new device, such as video editing software, it can be even harder to find “the one”.With more and more video editors needing to be flexible, […]

The Best Tablets for College 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Here’s a fun fact: there are over 52+ companies that make tablets. In fact, a lot more. But at a certain point the quality has gone down so much that I just stopped looking for alternatives. Most tech review sites like CNET, PCMag and what not recommend  only a handful of companies and with good […]

Science For Creative Professionals

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Share0 Share +10 Tweet0 This 2011 CDC study suggests that approximately only 20% of the US population exercises (it varies by state). By extension we can assume that only 20% of artists exercise. This means that only 20% of artists are going the extra mile to be a better artist. Of course we can’t assume […]

How to Set Up Photoshop Tablet Settings

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Regardless of the tablet you own, at a certain point you will need to set it up with Photoshop. Although graphic tablets tend to work out of the box once you plug in the device, you might still want to have a better experience.  Either to make sure that your pressure sensitivity is working or that […]

Sell Art Online: The Ultimate Resource

By John Thatch / a few months ago

It’s never been easier to sell your art. No longer are you shackled by your circumstance, upbringing or location. On the flip side meritocracy and honing your craft is much more important. Depending on your art, you have a variety of choices available to you. Your craft also determines the size of the demographic you can […]

The Parblo Mast 10 Review

By John Thatch / a few months ago

DISCLAIMER: I totally begged Parblo to send me this graphic monitor and Milly, who is their marketing and PR person, obliged. Thanks Milly! The only request Milly made was that I first talk with Parblo should I experience any problems. Features and Install SetupThe Parblo Mast 10 is a 10.1 inch graphic monitor, a cintiq alternative. With 6 […]

17 Great Animation Blogs in 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

​Animators are a special breed. Because unlike actors, the characters they create are tireless, purposeful and free from any human shortcoming. But in order to create these pieces of art, they need to be their best, learn from the best and produce their best. With that in mind, I’ve scoured the internet in search of the coolest […]

Digital Artist’s Take on Netflix’s upcoming show “The Witcher”

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Digital artist Florent Zunino has created his version for the opening credits of the upcoming Netflix TV-series “The Witcher”.While the white sculptures are reminiscent of the Westworld opening credits, it comes to its own with the characters and themes of snow and flame familiar to the fans of the The Witcher universe by CD Project Red. The Witcher book series by […]

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