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-Hong Ly

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Jan 2016


Muay Thai Kickboxing photo references (combat studies)! This set contains over 500 images. I took these during my trip to Thailand. The boxers weight between 95lbs (yes 95) to 128lbs… talk about lean. Don’t the weight fool you, they can kick some serious butt. If you ever visit the country, this is a must see.  Hope everyone is having a good New Year!

Patron members can download the whole photo set via box.com (same folder). 

June 1st 2015

Hi everyone! My name is Hong Ly, and I am the creator of this website.  I started the site back in 2005 as a photo reference site for figure drawing and other artist-focused resources, so it's been around for a decade now! People have always asked if they could contribute or donate to the site, but I've never figured out a solution that worked for the benefit of both parties until Patreon came along.




That's why I'm here today! As some of you may have noticed, the website's core structure has become dated and difficult to use over the years, and I've been meaning to overhaul the site so that it can be fully functional as a proper learning resource. A lot of that comes down to time, as I teach on the side to make ends meet and keep the site alive. With your support, I'd be able to free up more time to refocus on the site, rebuild it and get back to helping everyone in an easily accessible way. Your support would help me book models and pay for locations for new photo shoots as well, so that I can start updating the site regularly again.




I also have a lot of experience as both a concept artist in games and a character design teacher at Art Center College of Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects and Otis College of Design, so this is also a great chance for me to share some of that knowledge with you all! Let's grow as artists together! 




May 2015

Hey everyone, quick update! I’ve started posting my new sets and updates on Facebook, so head on over to check things out. Just uploaded a fantastic weapons set I took while in Paris, so it should be a great resource for those of you doing prop designs.


I’ve added a creative commons license for all the images on this site
and here are the points you need to know:

- Usage in commercial work IS allowed: you can use it for reference (directly painting the image is fine),
for your photo manipulations, for textures and anything else you want
to sell. You just need to link back to my site and mention that it was
my work that you used.
- You CANNOT simply take the image as it is and sell it as it is. I do
NOT have the rights to the likeness of the model. I have the rights to
just the image itself as it is on my site.
- Redistributing the images in their original form WITHOUT profit is
perfectly fine. I'd love it if you used it in a classroom setting or
as demo examples or just to spread the word. Save it to your computer
for personal use! Again, all I ask is a link back to the site if you
are posting it elsewhere on the internet.
- Obviously, do not take credit for my work, but I haven't had any
problems with that so far. You guys have been really great.

I hope that's clearer for everyone that's been asking questions
regarding the usage of the images on this site. Thanks! -Hong Ly


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