June 25, 2022
If I need an image I go to Google Images, right click > Save as. We all do it!
Often I save an image for my ‘inspiration’ folder, or to use as a reference for drawing specific items; and that is just fine because the use of the image stays within my home and I do not use it for any commercial purposes.
What is not fine is when we copy images from the net and use them on public platforms such as websites, social media, newsletters, flyers etc…especially if we don’t take the time to ask permission or credit the artist.
As an artist, I receive weekly requests for permission to use my images. I always take the time to thank them for contacting me and for considering my work to accompany theirs. In exchange, depending on each specific project, I only ask for a small fee (usually on a donation basis) or that they credit my name under the image with a link to my website. I am glad that most of the people who contact me usually already offer to do that. Fortunately, there are also people that offer to pay for the use of image. If everyone that used an artist’s image sent them even only $10-25 (which anyone could afford) we wouldn’t have to work nearly as hard to make a living from our art! If you use an artist’s image to advertise an activity that you will be making money from then you should absolutely consider offering a remuneration.
Whatever you decide, here is the proper way to do it: