Based in UK.
I am a graphic designer and during lockdown have been practicing my photoshop skills by digitally manipulating images of some local 'celebrities'.
The digital manipulations mostly involve adding tattoos to the person, changing their skin and appearance dramatically but the person is still recognisable.
Having shown these image manipulations to some friends they have suggested I setup an Instagram to promote my skills, and potentially take on paid requests and / or sell my existing work.
This is just a hobby so I would rather not get sued! I'm not sure if I need to contact the person in the image directly, or the owner of the image, not even sure how to find that out.
I've read that as long as I make it clear that the image is not official or linked to the person it should be ok. Also if the image is a parody or a criticism, or something that is highly transformative, that's also ok. Would my image manipulations fall within this category?
My questions are, what steps must I take in order to ensure the following is all legal;
- setup an Instagram and post my photoshop work
- accept commissions / requests and send this image back to a customer in digital format
- sell my existing work
Any advice would be appreciated!