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8.3 - Model Releases

All illustrations where an identifiable human face is present require a model release. There are no exceptions. This includes illustrations based on photography or sketches of people as well as drawing from a real-life model. In some cases a release may be required even if the face is not identifiable. Please see the "Contextual Model Releases" section of this article for a complete explanation.

If the illustration is of a minor (a child under the age of 18), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If the illustration is of the artist (a self portrait), a model release is still required.

A model release must be uploaded with each file. If you're uploading successive illustrations based on the same model, the model release should be uploaded with each submission.

A valid witness signature must appear on the model release. Generally, it should be someone other than the illustrator.

Note: iStock does not accept digitally created or digitally signed model releases (this includes using script fonts as signatures, e-signatures and scanning signatures and then pasting into the model release).

Click here to download iStock's standard Model Release form.

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