Inspiration vs Plagerism
Thu, 21/07/2011 - 21:00 — crisco
As an artist I rely heavily on existing imagery for reference. I can't whip something up out of thin air and put it on paper. I've noticed that many artists on Queeky are inspired, like myself, by images from movies and advertisements, and enjoy the challenge of reproducing it to the best of their abilities. But I've become so aware of the issue of plagerism, especially if we would like to profit financially from our work. As I understand copyright law, if your piece is remotely reminiscent of another artist's photo or painting, you could be sued for infringement. So the question is, how do you get inspiration without using images another person has recorded? I know I could take my sketchbook or camera out on the street myself, but somehow I'm never as inspired by those results.
Anyway, I'm hoping others will share ideas that they have used to get around the whole plagerism issue. Where do YOU get your inspiration from?????