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Discussion in 'Beginners help' started by Jimmyfingerz, Oct 10, 2018.


  1. Jimmyfingerz

    Jimmyfingerz Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Hello
    Been a while since i’ve asked a question :)

    Reference image sites, who’s is everyones favourite.
    I’ve got a few like shutterstock, deposit images.
    I’m looking for a site where you get a licence to sell your paintings.
    Shutterstock is quite expensive but from what I can tell has very good selection of images.
    I’m going to buy a pack from there as practice paintings not to sell but just for future reference it would be nice to know where to go for the good licences without having to spend a fortune as i’m not going to charge a lot for my paintings.
    Also i was advised to use a photgraphy app and ask the photographers if I can use there images, i’ve messaged about 10 and haven’t had anything back.
    Any oppinions would be appreciated :)
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    m3ntalo Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    There are some nice Facebook groups where photographers donate pictures to artists. I mainly use unsplash.com. Very good pictures and a good database already.
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    Ok thanks bud, have you got any of the facebook groups off the top of your head i could join?
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    devianart is not bad. If you ask artist for permission, usualy they give it. They wonna see picture of the finished ''product'' or sometimes they wanna credit.

    Don't know if this can help you guys with airbrushing, but you can find crazy good stuff on deviantart
    https://www.deviantart.com/panjoool/art/Symphony-767702687

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    Never thought about deviant art so thats a real good shout Husky thanks.
    I was thinking about doing some fantasy stuff at some point and deviant art is great for that.
    Cheers bud
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    check out some of the High Definition desktop wallpaper sites too, there's some incredible stuff out there if you think beyond 'photographs'
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    Also a good shout, cheers Jack
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    I actually prefer stock photo sites such as alamy or istockphoto. Their pictures are watermarked for non-members / non-payers (such as myself), but it doesn't really matter. You can download smaller versions of the pictures you want, with a watermark, but still at a reasonable size. What matters is to have a real photo as a real reference, to be able to study form, values, and light. And, yes, DeviantArt is another good source.
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    "Photos for artists" for example. There are some rules to follow, but after you are free to use the picture also for your own use. Also unsplash is royalty free. Don't forget wallpapers, deviant art, shutterstock are good for studies and personal training, but if you want to use it you need permission/rights.

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    A royalty free site I have used is Pixabay.com, got some good pics on there.

    Lee
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    Thanks bud

    Thanks Lee
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