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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.

Surface Pro 5 (2017) – Review

By John Thatch / May 24, 2017

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 […]

7 Science Hacks to Master Drawing in Less Time

By John Thatch / May 19, 2017

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 […]

45 Top Traditional Art Bloggers

By John Thatch / May 9, 2017

Top 45 Traditional Art BloggersOnce a year Artfixed handpicks it’s favorite artists across categories. These artists stand out for their work or contribution to the arts. These are primarily artists who embrace traditional mediums and conventional tools- gauche, colored pencils, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal or ink. Although they might not limit themselves to only these tools.Note: I’m not a […]

7 Colored Pencil Tips and Tricks

By John Thatch / May 3, 2017

While colored pencils may have been a medium you encountered back in primary school, their usefulness in fine arts shouldn’t be trivialized. Highly detailed and unique pieces can be made with colored pencils. Unlike other media from your schooldays, colored pencils give you extreme flexibility in color choice and precision. Through their unique blending abilities […]

40 Amazing Photo Manipulations

By John Thatch / April 23, 2017

Photo manipulation can make anything real. Now that you no longer have to be a darkroom chemical wizard to create literally whatever you can think of, anyone can produce stunning pieces of art. With an increasing pool of stock photos available for little money, you don’t even really need to be a great photographer. The […]

The Best Capture Cards 2018

By John Thatch / April 2, 2017

All over Let’s Play and Twitch forums, users question whether they need to purchase a capture card to get higher quality video streamed from their gaming. On the other side of production world, an editor needs to show footage on a high resolution screen and would also be looking for the best possible capture card.It’s […]

Choosing Tattoo Inks Guide

By John Thatch / March 7, 2017

To produce a good quality tattoo requires a good quality ink. Vibrant colours are only achievable by using superior inks. There are many inks readily available, but care should be taken to make sure that they are produced from good quality ingredients.It may seem that the initial outlay for good quality inks is expensive, but […]

The 3 Best Calligraphy Pens 2018

By John Thatch / March 7, 2017

Many people tend to think that calligraphy is a dying form of art, but others myself included beg to differ.Although technology is making the art of calligraphy a bit reduntant, the elegance of beautifully written words makes it adorable. It is so simple, one requires only a nib and ink to transform words and letters […]

The 10 Best Animation Software 2018

By John Thatch / February 23, 2017

Animation can be brutal. If the long hours of strict concentration don’t get to you, then the tediousness will. But the moments of real magic shine through: that perfect sequence of frames bringing your character to life.Whether managing the tedium or celebrating the victories, choosing the right software can make an enormous difference. And while […]

Review: How to Sell Your Art Online by Cory Huff

By John Thatch / February 3, 2017

Yesterday, I was browsing Amazon on what books to spend my monthly book allowance and I stumbled upon Cory Huff’s “How to Sell Your Art Online: Live a Successful Creative Life on Your Own Terms. I had seen it on Amazon a couple of times but I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t think it could […]

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