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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.

17 Great Animation Blogs in 2018

By John Thatch / July 18, 2017

​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 / July 10, 2017

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 […]

The 10 Best Mechanical Pencils 2018

By John Thatch / June 30, 2017

Pencils have a great history to them and they continue to be used by great minds today. Whether you’re a scientist doing math or a diligent DIY crafter in need of reliable precision tools, a mechanical pencil is a solid choice. In comparison to the old trustworthy wooden pencil the mechanical pencil allows for more […]

The 5 Best Watercolor Pencils

By John Thatch / June 30, 2017

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 2018

By John Thatch / June 27, 2017

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 2018

By John Thatch / June 26, 2017

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 2018

By John Thatch / June 15, 2017

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 overwhelming 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 2018

By John Thatch / June 12, 2017

Osu is fun. No, osu is not just “fun”…It’s an addictive carneval of colors, music and speed. Best suited for people with the twitchy nervous system of a war veteran. After playing it a bit you quickly realize that you need something better than a mouse to reach the absolute limits of your potential.If you’re […]

42 Stunning Digital Artists To Follow in 2018

By John Thatch / June 11, 2017

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 2018

By John Thatch / June 7, 2017

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 […]

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