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Decisions, decisions. Paintbrush or pencil? We challenged next week’s printed designers with a question of preference. If they had to choose only one art tool for the rest of their lives, which would they keep in hand? As you make your grand weekend exit out from under the fluorescent lights and into the sun drenched streets, check out our artist quotes and see what they chose. Also, take a look at next week’s designs and start thinking about which tee you’ll choose come Monday!

Q: If you had to pick one and only one art tool to use from here on out, what would it be and why?

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“Cheesy, non-literal answer about to be delivered: my daughter. She’s 2 going on 52 and would take major offense to being called a tool, but her ridiculously awesome questions and enthusiasm are what get me to create for fun. Art has always been about exploring, expressing, and sharing imagination. My daughter has reinvigorated my love for imagining things, so feel free to take away my pencil, tablet, or computer. As long as I have her wacky little mind around, I’m all good.” - Buy this tee now!

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"I would choose a ballpoint pen, because most of my ideas and sketches are drawn with a ballpoint pen on post-it notes when I should be working at the office." - JIMDAHOUSECAT

“Really tough question, but if you had me in a sleeper hold and made me pick one, I’d say my Pentel retractable pencil. I’ve had many like this over the years, and it’s the first thing I grab to sketch one of my crappy ideas. In a previous job, all I did was sketch crappy ideas and give them to someone talented to make them look good! To quote Full Metal Jacket, ‘This is my pencil there are many like it but this one is mine.’” - John Tibbott

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“My graphic tablet. It really changed the way I create graphic design, and I take it with me wherever I go. I don’t know how I did without before!” - Buy this tee now!

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“Pencil with eraser, because I make a lot of mistakes.” - Buy this tee now!

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"Pencil! Probably the world’s most common tool, which depends on how you look at things. I always bring the pencil; it’s pretty cheap and easy to bring, and you get a huge benefit from it. Because every time I draw, it starts from doodling and sketching with pencil. It’s also great to write or draw an idea or concept that I’ve found somewhere. And most important, using a pencil is great for stress relief, because I have a good emotional feeling when the pencil dances around to make artwork or sketches. ”Keep it Sharp!”. - Buy this tee now!