FAQ

Account Questions

Do I need to make an account?

No, you can use all of our drawing tools without ever logging in to the site.

However, creating a user account will allow you to participate on our forums. The forums can be a great resource for feedback and suggestions to help you in your path to becoming a better artist.

Plus, if you send us a contribution while logged in to a user account, we can save your receipts to your account.

How do I add an avatar/icon to my account?

We use GRavatar (Globally Recognized Avatars). You can set one for your email address here: https://en.gravatar.com/ and it will not only appear here, but on thousands of sites where you log in with that email address.

How do I change my password?
  1. Login to the site with the password you were emailed.
  2. Where the login box used to be, you will see your username, avatar, and a list of links. Click on the “Account” link.
  3. Scroll down to the Account section. Enter your desired password twice, into the two boxes labeled New Password.
  4. Click Update Profile.
I never received the email with my password in it!

If you’ve waited at least ten minutes and been sure to check your spam folder, please contact us for assistance. Make sure to include the email address that you registered with in your message to us, so we can look up your account.

General Questions

General Questions

Can I use the images in the gesture tools as references for images I plan to sell?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Most of the images displayed by the gesture tools have been provided on loan by very generous photographers, professional and amateur alike, who have an interest in training fine artist. In offering their images, many of them specified that they were to be for educational use within the tool itself, and not to be reused for any other purpose. That means that we have use rights for a very particular case, but do not own the commercial rights and thus cannot give you permission to use all of the images shown in the practice tools in work you plan to sell.

Most of our images link back to the original photographer’s website or portfolio in the top left of the tool. If you are interested in a particular image, you may want to consider following the link and contacting the photographer directly. Some will have the answer to this question posted prominently on their site.

Do you have an app? Will you have an app? You should make an app.

Apps are a popular suggestion. However, the images used in the gesture drawing tools were provided by very generous photographers interested in helping to train fine artists. Some of them specified in the licensing agreement that their images were not to be displayed in any kind of archive or anywhere but on the site. Out of respect for their artwork and their legal rights, we cannot create an app without expanding our library of images, preferably by commissioning our own photo shoots.

We’ve already held one photo shoot that led to the genesis of the hands/feet and the faces tool. We were able to do this because of the generous donations of our users. We hope to run a funding drive soon for another round of photos, moving us incrementally closer to the day that we can release an app!

How do I apply to model for you?

Thank you for your interest, but we are not currently taking applications from models.

How do I become a live art model?

Here is some advice from a former art model that might help you: http://www.erikamoen.com/life/advice-how-to-be-a-life-model/

How do I contribute photos to the tools?

Thank you so much for the offer. Please contact us with more information.

Please be aware that due to the incredible patchwork of licensing and copyright agreements we now have to keep track of, we rarely accept new photo donations.

How do I find an image again that I particularly liked?

There’s currently no image directory available for easy browsing. This is because the images used in the gesture drawing tools were provided by very generous photographers interested in helping to train fine artists. Some of them specified in the licensing agreement that their images were not to be displayed in any kind of archive. Out of respect for their artwork and their legal rights, we have complied and not added an image archive to the site.

I’m having some technical issues

You can either request help on our support forum, or contact us directly for assistance.

Why don’t you have a wider diversity in ethnicity and body types?

Most of the current images were provided by generous photographers. Although we have curated the selection, trying to prune out poor quality images or poses with no educational value, we only have what was offered to us. Young, skinny and white made up the vast majority of the images we were sent — however, we agree that this is something that needs to be corrected, and are working toward commissioning our own photo collections to rectify the situation.

Forum Questions

Forum Questions

How do I post images on the forums?

We don’t offer image uploads right now, but never fear. Simply use an image upload service like Imgur, Photobucket, Imageshack, tinypic, Imagesafe, or any other. Most allow you to create a free account.

Then, once you have uploaded your image and have a url for it, use this tag to embed the image on our forums:

[img]http://yourimageurlhere.com/img.png[/img]

Make sure that the link ends in a valid image filename, like .png, .gif or .jpg

Was your question not answered here? If you’re looking for specific advice or feedback on your drawing practice/career, ask in the forums. If you have a technical issue, contact us directly.