Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Google approves using Street View as reference!

As many of you know I've been using Google Street View as a resource for paintings for some time now. Every so often before the recent State Series. But painting 50 works of art in just over two months gave me a real appreciation for Street View, and the possibilities that lay within it and art combined as a vehicle for painting the world.

After speaking with Google's Maps Team, it has been determined that artists can use images from Google Street View as reference for creating paintings and drawings, and the artists can sell these works.

One thing that needs to be made clear. If the artist shows an original view on which a painting is based, the artist must make sure to keep the Google logo and copyright visible on the reference. The piece of art needs nothing of the sort, of course.

The team is very excited about the concept! As am I.

While this news is wonderful, I have a feeling I'll be letting you know about other very exciting things in the near future. One I'm hoping will emerge is the use of Street View by disabled artists and those confined to their homes/facilities, or mobility challenged.

11 comments:

Ed Terpening said...

This is great, Bill. Really interesting use of Google. I guess, as paintings are created, we should take with the location/URL, so Google users can see paintings of the same spot. In other words, there's a "Street View", and now an alternative "Artist's View". I wonder if Google would be interested in that?

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Ed. That's an interesting idea. I do know that at the present time, a user can upload their own pics to Google Maps, so that when someone goes to an area that has been photographed, an uploaded pic will pop up in the corner of the screen.

I suppose an artist could do the same. What would be cool is if the map could have pinpoints showing where art was created. You could click on the pin and see the art, or reference.

Terry Rafferty said...

just discovered you via Faye Phillip's blog - I'm an instant fan! Love the street view paintings, great concept and fabulous brush/knifework. Looking forward to seeing more - you're on my RSS list now -

Bill Guffey said...

Thanks Terry. Your work is very nice also.

Rick Wojnilo said...

Bill, this is great news. I've done a few paintings using street view myself and it's good to hear that google is open to this idea. I also really like Ed's idea about the 'artists view'. I'm going to look into that. Keep up the great work.

L.Holm said...

great news!

Bill Guffey said...

Thanks Rick. It is worth looking into I believe. Glad to hear you've used Street View also. I think there is a lot of potential in the app.

Bill Guffey said...

Thanks Liz. :)

Black Spot said...

I'm interested in using Street View as a research tool for an animation I'm working on. Would it be just the buildings are can the people be used for reference as well?
Thanks for an info you can supply.

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Black Spot. I don't think it's permissable to use the actual photo from Street View. Only derivative works. No digital manipulation of the pic.

I know that artists participating in the Virtual Paintout do put the people in the paintings or drawings.

Black Spot said...

Thank you for your reply. I am only using them as reference to make a vector population. Still, it's good to double check. This blog comes up first when googling "using street view as reference".

Had a good look around and you've got some nice stuff here.