About the author

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 Video Editing Laptops in 2018

By John Thatch / September 9, 2017

With so many options on the market, it can be a tough and sometimes frustrating task to buy a new laptop. And, when you have a very specific requirement for your new device, such as video editing software, it can be even harder to find “the one”.With more and more video editors needing to be flexible, […]

The Best Tablets for College 2018

By John Thatch / August 29, 2017

Here’s a fun fact: there are over 52+ companies that make tablets. In fact, a lot more. But at a certain point the quality has gone down so much that I just stopped looking for alternatives. Most tech review sites like CNET, PCMag and what not recommend  only a handful of companies and with good […]

Sell Art Online: The Ultimate Resource

By John Thatch / August 3, 2017

It’s never been easier to sell your art. No longer are you shackled by your circumstance, upbringing or location. On the flip side meritocracy and honing your craft is much more important. Depending on your art, you have a variety of choices available to you. Your craft also determines the size of the demographic you can […]

The Parblo Mast 10 Review

By John Thatch / July 31, 2017

DISCLAIMER: I totally begged Parblo to send me this graphic monitor and Milly, who is their marketing and PR person, obliged. Thanks Milly! The only request Milly made was that I first talk with Parblo should I experience any problems. Features and Install SetupThe Parblo Mast 10 is a 10.1 inch graphic monitor, a cintiq alternative. With 6 […]

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 […]

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 precision […]

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 […]

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