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Illustration copyright issue


#1
Hello,

I have an idea that includes an illustration of a ballet dancer. So, as I dont really know anybody who has the physique or ability of a ballet dancer to take a photo of I was going to just find an image on a stock photo website and then trace or illustrate their pose that way.

Is it ok to do this if it is for reproducing for a live brief? or does the photo have to be an original of mine or purchased first.
 
#3
As an illustrator myself, ive always found it better to draw from scratch, as there is a tad more pride, but if you can trace and make that picture your own, you still have the pride of producing a design which youve worked on by yourself. people do it with websites all the time, so why cant illustrators, give it a go, or try both and see what happens? :)