Now this is a post that is going to be more wordy then art. Sorry for that but something has been bothering me and I want to work it out here.
As you can see from the layout I did above I use shading a ton. I believe it makes the images pop off the page. I did not learn it on my own. I took a class from Pam Carriker called Shades of Gray. I learned so much from that little class about images. So Pam has continued the circle of sharing. The images were found on the Internet. I have no idea who owns them; but I am not selling them nor do I claim them as my own; so I don't feel bad about using them. I read an artist comment that if you use images from someone else you are not creating art. I don't agree with that. But, I do believe you need to be very careful with the images you both find and purchase.
I guess because I love to use images and at times am either to lazy or do not have access to images on certain topics I use the Internet. I think it is a fine line and if you are not selling and are very clear you did not create the images but are using them for FUN and to improve your techniques you should be OK. You should ask permission if possible; but that is not always possible. It comes back to giving credit to those you should and sharing your knowledge. The great artist of the past learned their art from copying the artist before them. So, be respectful, be honest about your images and art; share what you learn.
I am trying to learn to draw; I am trying to take more of my own pictures so I can use them in my art. I still have so very much to learn; both in copyright and mixed media techniques. There has been so many instructors and just people who have and are helping me in my journey. I want to continue the circle that Pam started with me. So please ask I will help if I can. I will hope that when you are asked you will share and help where you can. The circle should not be broken.