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2020 November Art Dare

“FINGERPRINTS”

Print with any part of your hands, using any art media to create an artwork!
Stamp pads, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, and others can all work.

In the Art Prof Discord Server, we have an #art-dares channel where you can post your WIP, and get feedback & support during the month!

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Nikki Stiteler, acrylic & gouache painting

Nikki Stiteler
acrylic and gouache on gray paper

“I love finger painting, which is how I made this piece. I had fun using different types of fingerprints – wet and dry, smudgy and clear, watery and opaque, etc., which gave me different types of marks and textures. Thank you for this challenge!”

Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
ink pad

Pakistan
@noorulnihar34

“Motivation & Inspirtion: Chuck Close’s work and Norman Ackroyd’s prints inspired me to create work using stamp pad ink. Creative process: I cut out cartridge paper to make stencils for each of the piece in this dare & tried to create different values for each of the object. While others were finger printed without stencils.”

Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Noor-ul-Nihar Malik
Katharina Krummel, Printing ink and petroleum jelly on plastic

Katharina Krummel
printing ink and petroleum jelly on plastic

@mi.riuh

“For this dare I experimented with fingerprints on non-absorbent surfaces. Playing around made me realize how fingerprints are actually complex and intricate structures varied in density, mark and edge quality. I created some basic plates by tapping, scratching, pressing, massaging, pulling, smearing and pushing ink onto plastic lids. Later, I combined these plates to create multilayered ‘touch’ collages.

My first series is based on back-lighting. Depending on the distance between the plates, shadows become visible and the depth of field changes. The order of the plates influences whether marks are rendered harshly or softened by subsequent layers. In my second series, I lighted the plates from the front. I reduced distances and started working with a petroleum jelly plate, which acts as a sharpness masking layer.”

Katharina Krummel, Printing ink and petroleum jelly on plastic
Katharina Krummel, Printing ink and petroleum jelly on plastic
Katharina Krummel, Printing ink and petroleum jelly on plastic

Tia Ang
Filter
ink pad

Malaysia
@angsiti23

“The name of this artwork is ‘Filter.’ The story behind this art piece was a guy who really obsessed with beauty because he doesn’t want his fans to see his imperfect sides,  so he always covered himself with a lot of make up and was always taking photos with a filter.

He was unhappy with this situation , he just wanted to show his real side, and he realized that its doesn’t matter if he shows his real side, as long as he was happy. It was fun doing this art dare because I tried something new and learned the process.”

Tia Ang, ink pad painting
Ashis Sud, acrylic painting

Ashis Sud
My Brother’s Wedding
A Bull Run
Flower Pot

acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper

India
@sudashis

“‘My Brother’s Wedding:’ That’s my family photo from my brother’s wedding. I have always loved the color on this photo and wanted to capture it without getting into detail. Finger painting gave me just the method to do that. The bride and the bridegroom are seated in the center. My folks are at the back. My wife(in blue sari) and I are on the sides.

‘A Bull Run:’ I had recently done animal gestures of bulls from art prof dare of Dec 2019. I wanted to take it further and add color to it. I gessoed over an old painting on a watercolor paper and finger painted over it. All the rubbing led to some interesting texture from underneath to show through.

‘Flower Pot:’ This is the first painting I did for this dare. What better way to start finger painting than to do a floral. It completely loosened me up and made feel less scared/precious about the painting. I have used bold, thick paint for the flowers in front and thinner paint for the ones at the back.”

Ashis Sud, acrylic painting
Ashis Sud, acrylic painting

Priya Amargi
oil pastel, oil goo, water soluble graphite powder

India

“I was so eager to play with so many ideas for this Art Prof Dar,e but hesitated. I learned how to play with material, get ‘dirty’ and throw caution to the wind through this art dare. Two of the paintings that I am sharing are basically me cleaning my palette and then my hands. ❤️ Who knew I would do my tiny version of ‘performance art’. It has helped me become more free with my art now.”

Priya Amargi, Oil Pastel Drawing
Priya Amargi, Oil Pastel Drawing
Priya Amargi, Oil Pastel Drawing
Sara Marie Malmros, gouache & charcoal powder painting

Sara Marie Malmros
gouache, charcoal powder, climbing chalk

Norway
@saramariemalmros

“These pieces are part of my exploration of prehistory through art. Using your fingers to apply pigment to your skin or rock faces is one of the oldest forms of human expression, so this art dare was a perfect opportunity to explore the theme of life in prehistoric times. It is fascinating that there are still things in use today that have not changed much since prehistory.

Certain pigments, like charcoal for example, were used to make cave paintings during the Ice Age and are still available today, 30,000 years later. The subject in the pieces are the structures and patterns you can find in nature on both a larger and smaller scale. While making these pieces I imagined how beautiful the world must have been in the Paleolithic Age.”

Sara Marie Malmros, gouache & charcoal powder painting
Sara Marie Malmros, gouache & charcoal powder painting
Ryan Nesbitt

Ryan Nesbitt
paint

@ryannesbittart

“I am a 15 year old student in high school. I am used to working in colored pencil and everything being nice and seamless. However, I thought this art dare would be a challenging experience. I tried to embrace the messiness of the paint, and used all of my hand to paint it. From my palm and thumb for the background, to my pinky for little dots of detail.

Since my life has been pretty hectic lately, I thought honing in on things that make me feel happy and calm would be beneficial. So I painted lily pads and a frog in a pond!”

Mel Smith
acrylic

“This is the first art dare which I have entered. I really liked the idea of fingerprint painting and I love doing portraits so I combined to two in these entries. ‘Portrait 1’ is an imagined face, ‘Portrait 2’ is from a photograph. I congratulate you on your website and videos which I think are very good. I am probably not a typical user as I am 72!”

Mel Smith, acrylic painting
Mel Smith, acrylic painting

Darragh
highlighter, charcoal pencil

“I wanted to try recreating the CMYK printing process with my thumbPRINTS (ha, get it?), so I used highlighters in layers to create a self portrait. Using just my thumbprint, it was interesting that I had both more and less control over where the ink went.

For the charcoal one, it was an attempt at a subtractive fingerprint piece. I used my fingers to pull up the charcoal pencil, and had to rinse my fingers with water to keep a clean surface. My fingers didn’t work as well as I had thought, so I used a kneaded eraser to pull more charcoal pencil up. It was moderately successful and could possibly work with a different type of medium. I think it looks like a fat hummingbird among the stars, but it’s open to interpretation.

The last one was another attempt at a printing process using highlighter and marker, but I used my palm more like a stamp pad where I drew and transferred shapes. The image is the Philadelphia hockey mascot, Gritty. It was really difficult using only my palms and I realized I used it like a transfer stamp because I really like having control over everything. Thanks for this art dare! It was a lot of fun to do.”

Darragh, charcoal pencil & highlighter
Darragh, charcoal pencil & highlighter

EXAMPLES

PRIZE GUIDELINES

We award prizes and honorable mentions.
To be eligible for a prize, your artwork must be an original artwork created specifically for this Art Dare, and follow all guidelines.

Honorable Mention
Artists in the US can choose either Prof Lieu’s book, or Cat Huang’s middle school comic, “The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox.” International artists will receive 3 months free in our Discord Voice channel.

Learn, Create, and Teach, Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor
The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox
The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox

Art Dare winner
Choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique, or 5 months free in our Discord Voice channel. Artists in the US can also choose to receive both Prof Lieu’s book + Cat Huang’s middle school comic, “The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox.”

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