The Tools I use

The Tools I Use - The Artist's Creed.

You might recognize this image from my portfolio page. 

You might recognize this image from my portfolio page. 

The US Marine Corp has, as part of their basic doctrine, a mantra that goes goes something like this:

Rifleman's Creed

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

William H Rupertus. 1942

There is more to this this the words I have here but it is this first part that is relevant to me. I often ponder on it when I am considering the tools and applications I use everyday. I took the photo above in an attempt to convey a sense of the range of equipment which is needed to do the work I do.

There is not a whole lot special about any of these items. (Apart from the Lego guy. I have had me since I was very young) You can buy any of these things in stores quite easily. What makes these tools different is how they are used for my work. The unique ways my brain utilizes them to create and design. For example, when I am sitting at my desk working, in front of me I have my computer, keyboard and my two computer mice. Yes I use two mice, at the same time. I don't know if anyone else does that, and maybe I'm not as unique as I thought, but I always thought that this was a little weird. Each has their unique uses that compliment each other, my track pad is for panning around my page, zooming and swiping between apps, and my mouse is used to give me fine details for manipulating my work. I also have a digital pen which gives me a further degree of control which is especially useful for digital painting and drawing. Thousands of other people have these tools, but these ones are mine.

I know that every artist has their own tools which they use in a unique way. They might even have these exact same tools with this setup, but there will be slight differences between their uses which is unique to that artist.

What I like about the Rifleman's Creed is that it acknowledges that their tools are wide spread and used by many. But it also instills a sense of ownership to the tools, almost bonding them to their users. To the point where no one else could use them. Not in a "Don't touch my stuff" kind of way, but almost in a spiritual or magical way. - ST

This is my pen. There are many like it. But this pen is mine...