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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 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, to […]

The 5 Best 3D Pens 2018

By John Thatch / March 18, 2018

Ask around and see how many people are aware of this piece of technology called a 3D pen. Well, this is tech that is rapidly gaining popularity around the world.Just before I tell you some of the best 3D pens, let’s see how these pens work.How does it work?On this, the first thing you need […]

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 […]

The 10 Best Sites For Selling Your Art in 2018

By John Thatch / February 23, 2018

As time goes by we are increasingly moving into a more digitalized environment, and the art world is no exception to this rule.Auction houses and private sales are moving online, and even galleries are seeing more than half of their sales happen via websites in some cases. This trend shows no sign of slowing, and […]

The Gaomon PD1560 Review (2018)

By John Thatch / February 19, 2018

Christmas came early for me last year, when the Gaomon PD1560 was waiting on my table in early December. I’ve done illustration work for about two years using an entry level Huion H610 Pro graphic tablet. But when presented with a vivid 15.6 inch LCD screen where I could directly draw onto, do you think […]

The Best Printers For Art and Artists (2018)

By John Thatch / February 15, 2018

Art is no longer confined to paintings and sculpture. Over the past decade or so, many creatives have decided to go digital. Whether you’re a graphic designer, digital painter, or you hand-create art before scanning it into your computer, the chances are that you’ll want to print your work on a fairly regular basis.If you’re […]

7 Incredibly Useful 3D Prints

By John Thatch / February 8, 2018

3D printing is a very exciting prospect, and the possibilities are almost endless in terms of what you can create with your printer. But despite this, a lot of people seem to get stuck in a rut of creating countless ornaments and other useless items.This doesn’t have to be the case, though: there’s an incredible […]

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