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Old 09-12-2017, 08:44 PM
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citation, where do i put it?

I did a painting from a friend's photograph, with permission. Where on the (watercolor) should I place his name?
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:42 PM
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Re: citation, where do i put it?

You don't need to put it anywhere on the painting or in the description unless your friend said they wanted you to. Your painting is your own work that you created using their photograph as a reference. You own the copyright for the painting, they own the copyright for the photograph. You have complete control over the rights to the painting unless you agreed to something different with the photographer.

It is a good idea to get that permission in writing to avoid disputes later.

When I either want to or must quote the source of the reference photo I do it on the back of the framed piece but I almost never do. I just keep a record in my database that includes a copy of the permission granted and any stipulations.

Some competitions allow the use of a photograph as a painting resource taken by someone besides the artist, with permission of course, some do not, so that could become a factor down the road.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:30 PM
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Re: citation, where do i put it?

Thanks for the information. Normally I always use my own photographs as that is my first love. I just wanted people to know what nice pictures he takes.
But better safe than sorry, although I know artists who enter paintings taken from magazine pictures, not much changed, and selling them and pretty proud of themselves.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:53 AM
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Re: citation, where do i put it?

I had a problem with this. I made a painting from a photograph for a client, then after the painting was done, I was told that the photo had actually been done by a professional photographer and that it was not the client's work. I was inadvertently copying someone else's copyrighted work.

I have never accepted another "paint from photo" job. I think that the artist needs to go to the place, and take the photos him/herself.

As to your question, I would just annotate, perhaps in pencil on the back, what the source is. (Your name-- from a photo by --Photographer's name) This is also a good place to put other identifying information such as: (San Francisco, 2017).
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