should artists paint from photographs Tag

Would you paint this without asking?

Would you paint this without asking?

Many artists, particularly illustrators, will use just about anything as “reference” and “inspiration” for their paintings, including photographs.  And most of the time, no-one will ever know just what photo or photos were used as a “reference” for a painting.  If you think about it, whether they know it  or not, artists use everything they see as reference.  It’s called “experiencing life & re-creating it.”  Just as writers (like myself) write what they know, so do artists with their paintbrush.

But then there’s that bold artist who paints EXACTLY (without re-creating) what he sees from a photographers’ copyright-protected photo.  Is this illegal?  Is it unethical?  Is it just plain plagarism? (more…)