I'm new to this web site and have a couple of questions. First off, is a question about what can be uploaded to the gallery. To be specific - what are quidelines as to using photos as reference material - is a painting only considered original if it is from your own original photograph? Should I get written permission from another's photograph, if I should paint it, to protect myself in the future? How stringent of an issue is this? To this point, I've only ever painted for my own pleasure, with only close family and friends possibly taking them. If I start showing paintings here, do I need to be more careful? And what about paintings from how to type books or demonstrations? It would really be helpful knowing some general (or specific quidelines) on this.
Also, secondly, I really don't like paintings of nudes - sorry, I just don't. Is there some way to filter this on my computer? I most certainly feel the body is beautiful, but see it as a personal thing and would rather not look at anyone else's. :-)
crewald - I am also new to this site & new to the world of art also.......
As an amateur painter, I became so excited about HOW to paint, that I never gave a thought to the type of questions you are asking related to uploading artwork.......great job!
I don't know if I can answer your questions - I am probably not qualified to, but I am qualified to share my experiences with you so that you do not stumble into the same difficulties as I did.
When I painted a couple of pictures from some instructional videos I had, I emailed the teaching artist to ask him if I could sign my name to them, as I had someone who wanted a picture & wanted it signed. He said that because it was instructional, I could.......so I did.
I assumed from that day forward that all instructional materials could be treated the same. I also assumed that a "demo" was the same as an instructional video..........I was wrong. It seems this changes from artist to artist & a demo is not instructional only informational. Confusing huh?
I used a reference photograph from a demo given in a magazine to paint a picture & uploaded it into the gallery & caused pain to not only myself, but to a wonderfully talented artist..........................so I have been searching the web to figure out what the rules really are..........& it turns out to be very confusing.
What I would now recommend is:
---- paint/draw from your own photographs or those from friends & family
---- paint/draw from life or your imagination
---- find local photographers to work with you, some will work for trade (I just found out) & some will charge you a fee for the photo you may want to use or even just want be given credit for the reference material when you post your photo
---- ALWAYS, ALWAYS, get into the habit of giving credit for the reference - for instance, if you display a drawing/painting you did from a book or use someone else's photograph always say where you got it from - give due credit to the outside influences that have helped you create your art.
I went through the some of the gallery pictures & have found quite a few who do not provide their reference......so there does not seem to be any consistency.
It is up to each of us individually, whether professional or amateur to do the best we can in our endeavors & be honest about the mistakes we have made.
Also, if you do not wish to see the nude pictures, there is a check box in your member profile - just go in & edit your profile.
Judy C&C appreciated