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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 Illustrator Plugins 2018

By John Thatch / August 7, 2018

Adobe Illustrator is known by many in the digital arts industry as the most powerful vector program available. It’s amazing in its scope, but as with all applications, there will always be areas where it falls short for some people. That’s where plugins come in: there are so many third-party programs that you can install to […]

How to Write an Artist Statement

By John Thatch / July 29, 2018

Your artist statement (or artist’s statement) is a written description of the work that you do. The aim is to represent and support your work as an artist, to give your audience a better understanding of what inspires your art and what you hope to convey with it. You will submit it alongside your portfolio […]

7 Science Hacks to Master Drawing in Less Time

By John Thatch / July 28, 2018

7 Science Hacks to Master Drawing in Less Time We all want to be better artists.But the truth is wanting to be a better artists is not enough. You’d be wise to have a method to your madness.I spend the last month researching master artists on how they would learn to draw if they had to do it all […]

Visual Artist Salaries in the US

By John Thatch / July 27, 2018

The field of visual arts is a difficult industry to break into, and competition is tough. Because there are so many talented artists vying for each role it would be easy to undercut your worth just to land your dream job, or for studio bosses to take advantage of your eagerness and underpay you. Freelancers […]

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

By John Thatch / July 27, 2018

It’s a short and sweet book. Full of phrases full of wisdom that you’ve probably heard and little stories to accompany them. The book mainly serves to help artists deal with all the false cultural baggage that we get from our media, family or friends.Things like:”Originality” and “stealing”Just putting in the workFinding your own true […]

Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis

By John Thatch / July 27, 2018

Who would’ve ever thought that a drawing instruction book might be controversial?So this book was published in 1939. And if you’re sensitive to cultural stereotypes then you might be horrified by what you see. But if you’re like me and well have no cultural stereotypes in your head then this is a perfectly innocent art […]

30 Science Backed Ways to Be More Creative

By John Thatch / July 27, 2018

HOW TO BE MORE CREATIVEthe ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations. Here you’ll find real evidence-based tips and tricks to increase your creativity. Some of it supports common wisdom, some goes against it.Benefit counter: 30 (as of 20/11/2018)  Embrace your inner psychopath +2 A […]

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

By John Thatch / July 27, 2018

A common phenomena among experienced artists is that their sight has changed. They say that now they see things as they really are. What does that mean?This in part has to do with the neuropsychology of the brain. Human beings don’t see the full spectrum of colors and we also have blind spots in our […]

10 Digital Art Skills You Must Master

By John Thatch / July 21, 2018

The term digital artist can be applied to any person who uses digital image editing software and drawing programs to design and manipulate images. These images may be hand drawn or created on a computer, so digital artists need non-digital skills as well as being proficient with software. No matter which digital medium you work in, […]

How to get animation internships (2018)

By John Thatch / July 17, 2018

When it comes to starting a career in the field of visual arts, a degree is important, but it certainly isn’t everything. If you’re an animator, bagging an internship at a top production studio is key to landing that first job and getting your career moving. Here’s our guide on how to beat out the competition […]

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