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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 Mechanical Pencils 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

At some time or other we all need to use a pencil, it could be in the working environment or even in the home for various tasks and we usually reach for the trusted wooden pencil only to find the lead is blunt and you don’t have a pencil sharpener, so you reach for your […]

The 5 Best Watercolor Pencils

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Watercolor pencils are a quite popular among the artistic community. But what are they, really? Well, as you can see in our colored pencil guide the core inside regular pencils is either oil or wax based. These are what most people are familiar with.But…Watercolor pencils, on the other hand, have water soluble pigments inside. Understand that whether or not […]

The 10 Best Watercolor Paints 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Watercolor paint is a combination of gum Arabic and pigment. Almost all paint medium is a pigment and some type of binder. The binder determines the type of paint it is.Oil paint is pigment and oil—typically linseed oil.Encaustic paint is made up of different pigment and wax.Acrylic paint is different pigment mixed with acrylic medium.Watercolors, […]

The 4 Best Acyrlic Paints 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Acrylic paints are to an artist as numbers are to a mathematician. Basic and essential. But unlike numbers these chemicals  will be on your skin and the fumes you breathe. You will want to err on the safe side and not harm yourself.Although no company will use an excessive amount of toxic lead in their paints […]

The 29 Best Pens 2017

By John Thatch / a few months ago

Are you a pen enthusiast?Well, if you are then, you’ve struck gold.With the plethora of choices in the market it might get a bit confusing finding the best pen for your needs. I’ve spend the week playing around with different types of pens. Some of them were beautiful and amazing to hold. While others.. not […]

The 5 Best Osu Tablets 2017

By John Thatch / 6 months ago

Do you have rhythm? Can you anticipate base? Osu is making waves around the world. Kinda like Guitar Hero but with a much more specific demographic. If you’re interested in becoming better at Osu and topping the charts, then you will need to consider a graphic tablet for the absolute tracking it enables. But there […]

42 Stunning Digital Artists To Follow in 2017

By John Thatch / 6 months ago

42 Stunning Digital Artists Share0 Share +10 Tweet0 Once every summer Artfixed rounds up it’s favorite artists across categories. In this round-up, I’ve handpicked exceptional digital artists around the globe that for one reason or another have stood out in the vast sea of talent. These are people who have been mentioned, linked or otherwise […]

The Best Cintiq Alternatives in 2017

By John Thatch / 6 months ago

In this article I’ve compared all 15 Cintiqs against 13 different competing companies. That’s more than 30+ models to compare. Luckily, we can ignore most of them because some of them are just copies of the same unpatented hardware. Wacom is the industry leader for a reason.Going into this article you need to know that there […]

The Best Digital Photo Frames 2017

By John Thatch / 6 months ago

If you haven’t encountered a digital photo frame recently, you may have some conflicting feelings. Partly, there was that magical moment of the first time you saw one (if you’re old enough to remember their absence) like something ripped straight from Harry Potter. The pictures can change and move!On the other hand, when the novelty […]

Surface Pro 5 (2017) – Review

By John Thatch / 6 months ago

The new Surface Pro 5 might be on to something or is it all hype?  It boasts 50% more battery life than it’s predecessor the Surface Pro 4 and 2.5x more computational power in comparison to the older Surface Pro 3. More importantly, we need to know, if the new Surface Pen which promises 4,096 pressure […]

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