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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 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 […]

The Best Cintiq Alternatives 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. Going into this article you need to know that there is no perfect Cintiq alternative. This is why […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Sell Your Art Online by Cory Huff – Review

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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