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11-09-2013, 11:39 AM
I havent posted for a while so heres a cute German Shepherd. I hope you like it....Stuart

Picture removed - waiting on copyright info from paintmyphoto.

11-09-2013, 12:08 PM
It is very cute indeed! The one thing I'd change is how the light reflects in the eyes - seems to be different for each eye.

I wouldn't state too loudly that the picture was taken from painmyphoto since they don't allow their photographs to be used as references for digital art. So you are breaching the copyright.

11-09-2013, 12:54 PM
What a cutie :D

D Akey
11-09-2013, 02:17 PM
Dog musta got off his chain again. . . time to scour the neighborhood. . .

11-09-2013, 08:50 PM
Looking forward to seeing the picture, when this copywrite stuff is sorted out.

11-09-2013, 10:10 PM
I hope they say it's fine. When I asked whether I'd be ok to use their photos for digital art and explained that it wasn't any sort of image manipulation but that the process mimics greatly natural media e.g. using pencil tool is really not that different from using actual pencil they still told me "no".

11-10-2013, 12:08 AM
Seems a bit sad doesn't it? Do they not understand digital is another legitimate form of art?

Still, there are so many wonderful subjects out there in the world. Get out your camera and go shoot up a storm and work from your own pics.

11-10-2013, 03:27 AM
Yes, I agree and find it a bit sad. I mean we are talking here about drawing from a picture and doing it for pleasure, not about using/manipulating the actual photograph, not about re-posting the photograph anywhere, not about any sort of commercial use. I guess that one way to go about it is to get your own photos, but that is not always possible - for example I don't have any easy access to parrots right now. I am planning a trip to the UK Parrot Zoo though, so will definitely try to get some pics.

I'm hoping that here the author of the picture will be flattered by stuart2's drawing and will be fine with him using it :)

D Akey
11-10-2013, 04:15 AM
There should be lots of ways and places to get images where the source doesn't mind. Copespeak, didn't you post a website where there were copyright free photos? Besides, if you walk around with an iPhone you ought to be able to find things to shoot. And then the trick is to not be slavishly held to copying the photo exactly. That's a good thing to learn to be free of for an artist in any case.

It was certainly the 20th century lament among artists finding pictures to paint from, and not having equipment so handy as an iPhone to take pictures at the drop of a hat, and having to go through magazines which probably weren't exactly right, or having to hire models etc, even though many commercial artists weren't making enough money to do so with a professional model. . . etc. It's always something seeming to get in the way. . . why if only <fill in the blanks> I'd be flying.

But it's the 21st century lament among artists about seeing an infinite array of really cool images accessed with a simple search string, and then not being permitted to use them to do art from.

But there are always places that aren't so protective, and with a little networking among artists they can be found and compiled with those from other artists etc.

I *think* the one copespeak shared was this one.


11-10-2013, 06:10 AM
public domain images are also good :D

11-10-2013, 06:46 AM
There are a few places where one can get images, but often things are not perfectly clear - like it wasn't in this example (where stuart2 thought that as long as he is not posting the image on PMP it's fine). I'm really busy with both my masters dissertation and project, as well as both my jobs, so don't have much time, but I'll try to put together a list of resources that I found and that are free for use at some point.

I don't think any of us are using the fact that some images are copyright protected as "an excuse" or that we are saying that "only if" then we'd draw/paint better, D Akey, so I feel like your assessment is a bit unfair (not to mention that sorry, but to an average person iPhones are not easily available...).

D Akey
11-10-2013, 07:28 AM
Definitely a point worth jumping on. :D Enjoy.

11-10-2013, 07:49 AM
Yes, the link D Akey posted is the one I did as well.

11-10-2013, 05:50 PM
This site is quite good too, lots of different photos

11-11-2013, 01:15 AM
D Akey - I finally caught her and put her back in the garden. I hope shes worth it.

thanks to everyone for posting as this seems to be an unusual situation.

I have kind permission from then author to post the image. I cannot believe the rules on the site I got the photo from. You can post analogue work and even sell it but not digital. It doesn't state in the legal blurb that I can see why either.
I would love to find out.

Mirithiar - Thanks so much for pointing this out to me, and Ill try and sort out the light in her eyes when I get a chance.

Yes you can :) I have no problems with that.

Kind regards

Alex Lee Johnson

From Stuart01 to Alex Lee Johnson
Sent 10 hours ago


Thank you for the nice comment of my digital sketch of Polly. Would you allow me to post this sketch of your photo on Artrage (Its a digital site similar to this)?



11-11-2013, 01:42 AM
Yay, the dog is back :)
Great that the author didn't have a problem with that (frankly I wouldn't if someone asked for my permission and showed me their work).

11-11-2013, 07:51 AM
Really good sketch, She has character, Is she off to somewhere again?...... I see she's got her coat and scarf on!
Worth waiting for...
Well done!

11-11-2013, 10:26 AM
I have had a brilliant idea re: photos for artists. I have thousands of beautiful paintable pics just sitting there. Stay tuned for a web site where you can can access these for next to nothing.

11-11-2013, 01:15 PM
At one time there was a place on Flicker ArtRagers could join and post images for others to paint

11-13-2013, 09:24 PM
I have had a brilliant idea re: photos for artists. I have thousands of beautiful paintable pics just sitting there. Stay tuned for a web site where you can can access these for next to nothing.

That sounds like a great idea. Hurry up with the web site?:o:cool:

11-14-2013, 12:40 AM
It's coming, but there is so much work, selecting, resizing, naming and building a web site. Good fun, but my bum's sore!

I've got lots of lovely photos I have been collecting for years.