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.

How to Make a Photography Portfolio

By John Thatch / April 18, 2018

All it takes to make it as a professional photographer is talent, right?Well, not exactly.If you’re going to make your dream a reality and build a sustainable career from taking photographs, you need to get your work out there for people to see. It’s not enough to just throw together your favorite images, though, as […]

How a drawing tablet differs from a graphic tablet

By John Thatch / April 9, 2018

The main difference between a tablet PC and a graphic tablet is apparent in the fact that Tablet PCs have screens you can draw on. While graphic tablets do not and further require a computer to run with but there are a few more details that you should know about as well. This article will […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Beautiful (Handpicked) Tattoo Fonts

By John Thatch / January 11, 2018

Tattoos have been around in some form or other for thousands of years, and nowadays it seems that everybody wants a slice of the inking action. With tattooing and its related culture becoming more and more mainstream, it’s inevitable that cheesy clichés will pop up (we all remember the time when everyone was getting Chinese […]

The 7 Best Colored Pencils For Artists

By John Thatch / September 12, 2017

There are no clear cut absolute best colored pencils.Because most experienced artists tend to mix, match and develop a distinct style they like.An artist will have a set of colored pencils they prefer, that they’ll compile according to their personal experience. Each colored pencil has their own composition, features and flaws.But… A rule of thumb to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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