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03-29-2001, 09:07 AM
Does anybody know any good internet site or any good place where I can get high resolution portrait photographs to create a pastel painting ?.
I am asking this especially because I want to take part in an pastel painting competition and submit my painting without violating any copyrights of the photographer.
How do you usually choose your subjects (photographs, not live subjects) ?
I have done many practise sketches with the photographs of movie stars from magazines and internet, but it seems at this art compitition I cannot draw from somebody else's photograph without the photographer's permission..

Satyakam Khadilkar
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krysos.com (http://www.krysos.com)

03-29-2001, 12:49 PM
Try www.webshots.com (http://www.webshots.com)

Be careful and make sure the photos do not have studio signatures on them. Some people have no respect for copyright and upload photos that are not theirs.

I've gotten permission from 2 or 3 people there to use their photos (dogs and horses) in my paintings.

Good luck!

<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Bu shoilleir a dhreach, 's bu luath
Shiubhal: Sith-fada b'e ainm." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">"Shining his coat, and speedy
His pace -- Si-Fada his name."
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03-30-2001, 10:31 AM
As a photographer and a pastel artist I'm pretty sensitive about this subject. A few years ago I remember there being a big brouhaha where a bunch of artists were really mad that National Geographic Magazine was putting out the word that it was not allowed to use their photos as reference for paintings without copyright permission. Well duh. And in my opinion, one shouldn't even want to. In my work as a pastel artist, people often ask me if I would do a pastel from a photo that they have. I would never do that. I work from photos but only MY photos. Shooting the reference photo is an integral part of the creative process for me. I really work hard at getting the angles and light that I want in the photo before starting on a drawing.

If you need some reference photos of people to do portraits from... why not just shoot some? Since you are just needing the photo for reference, it's not like the photo has to be professionally lit or anything. Get a friend to sit next to a window (for that beautiful window-light) and shoot a roll of film. You should get one shot in there that you can use.... and it will be ALL YOURS. You won't need to give credit to somebody else for doing the posing and lighting.

My 2 cents worth.

BTW.. I would be happy to help with any technical matters regarding shooting reference photos.

Rick Lee
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03-30-2001, 10:50 AM
Thanks RickLee and Roan,

Actually I am also inclined to draw directly from life or from a photograph taken by myself. The real reason for this post was, being new to this country (USA) I really do not have many friends that would be ready to pose for me, or those who are live far away. Thats the reason I wanted to have reference photographs which are allowed to be sketched/painted etc.. I have seen some books on artists' reference for birds/flowers etc, but havn't found a book for people..

Satyakam Khadilkar
[email protected]
krysos.com (http://www.krysos.com)

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