There is much confusion amongst artists around using someone else’s creative work. Artists use photos for reference and inspiration every day, so when does this become copyright infringement? The simplest approach could be just don’t copy.
This is an intriguing case story of copyright infringements run amuck. The original artist is Kerolos Safwat and the only place to buy original prints is through Golden Earth on Facebook. His painting was inspired by Canadian Photographer Paige Stewart, without her knowledge, and then stolen by pirates on Amazon.
Did 'Steal like an Artist' confuse you? Are you standing on the shoulders of those who came before, or are you violating copyright?