Hi. New to the forum and I have some questions regarding original art work base on real life objects.
I do a lot of photography and digital art as hobbies.
Recently, I created an outer space scene totally from scratch. Then, I noticed one of my sons models of a Star Wars space ship.
So, I took a photograph of the toy, modified it a little, and photo-shopped it into the scene I had created.
It turned out pretty cool, so I started thinking about selling it, and that's when all of the questions started to pop up in my mind.
The space scene is totally original, and created by me.
The photograph was of an officially licensed toy that I purchased, so I have the right to keep the toy, destroy the toy, or modify the toy in any way I desire.
The resulting final image is original.
Here are some scenarios>
#1. Do I have the right to sell my final image, or would that be considered a derivative work? Would it be a derivative of the toy, or of the original Star wars franchise?
#2. Suppose I had drawn my own version of the toy ship instead of photographing it, would that make any difference?
#3. Suppose I created a road/track type scene, then added a photo of a muscle car I used to own. Is that the same or different?
#4. Suppose I took a photograph of a muscle car I used to own, and put it on a t-shirt. Is that the same or different?
I'm just trying to figure out what is allowed, and what is not allowed.