Lips: A Sketch

Ink Sketch by Candice Coates (15 Min Sketch)
Ink Sketch by Candice Coates (15 Min Sketch)


I love drawing in ballpoint pen. I love the fact that you have no ability to “undue” a stroke that you have made. Whatever you do, you have to do it on purpose, and any mistake you make you have to figure out how to work with it or run the risk of scraping your entire piece. (I could however do without the “blobs” of ink that roll of the pen head every now and again.)

We need to take the same approach in life. We need to go at all challenges and goals with purpose, but learn how to use our failures as stepping stones towards our goals; work them into the masterpiece of our destinies.

As a believer in Christ, I rest secure in the Word that says,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

All means…well, All. There is hope in ย knowing that, but with the “all” is the word “purpose”. We should act and do and create on purpose, for good, and rest in knowing that no matter what, no matter the unforeseen blob of ink or unintentional smear, all things will work out, even the best intended misplaced stroke.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!



15 thoughts on “Lips: A Sketch

    1. Thank you very much. I think ballpoint pen is such an amazing tool for art. I can’t mentally take myself too seriously when I work in ball point pen which I believe makes me create more freely and authentically.

      1. The awesome thing about these 15 to 20 minute studies (both with my writing and my visual art) is that I begin to notice patterns of creation- themes if you will. Lately I have noticed that I subconsciously am drawn to close ups of the human form. Granted I think I only have two pieces displaying that but I have noticed that the focus is on my mind.

      2. That’s interesting, Candice. That’s made me think about the human mind, which is such an interesting thing. I have always wondered what makes a person become attracted to certain themes and genres, and I can only think that we choose them because of our emotions -and the human need to stimulate those emotions. I have often wondered why people dedicate themselves to a particular art movement, or genre of writing – and why someone chooses say romance over thriller, absract over realism. It’s fascinating that you see themes develop – I think we can learn more about ourselves by analysing what we produce ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. I couldn’t agree more with what you have said. Our need, our rather ignored need, I believe shows its self often without our conscious permission. Its almost like a person who looks at potting soil and has a strange craving to eat it. Well, the desire is not so strange. Soil is mineral rich and often times a person with a mineral deficiency body will crave what it lacks, recognizing a “well”-if you will- of resource. With genres; romance, sci-fi, etc, the same could probably be true. People seek an idealistic view of love so they create romantic literature to meet that need. Very great observation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers to you!

      4. That’s so true, Candice ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess there is certainly something deeper within us that is out of our control, and is displayed through our actions – so when you dig deeper into these actions (like you have with your art) we learn about ourselves on an entirely different level. What an interesting person you are to talk with. I will look forward to some more chats ๐Ÿ™‚

      5. ๐Ÿ˜€ that is the kindest compliment! Thank you very much! I too, look forward to future convos. And you are pretty interesting yourself, being the one who started this subject in the first place. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. That is how I feel about ball point pen also. My wife is like, why don’t you use better pens, instead of the bank pens. Occasionally I do, if I am doing a slow drawing. But ball point pens are so fast, you have to be sure of your line, or just keep moving. No time for second thoughts.

    1. I do have the more “fancy” pens but they kind of put me in the mind of “wearing a business suit to the beach” when all you really want to do is some artistic expression, and are not aiming for a spot on a museum wall. (Not at all saying that our 25cent pens are good enough for museums but they just have an air of fun and casual movement to them. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

      1. I purchased some brushed tipped Copic markers as well as micron tips. I got them to try different techniques of lettering (a costly investment that I later found I did not have time to dedicate to. ) I think though, since you have mentioned it I need to break out a brush tip and see what happens.

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