Re: Creating New Art from Photos
from what I understand about copyright law, duplication of a copyrighted work requires permission regardless what the new medium is.
In other words, your idea is a no go.
as well, the general image of many famous people is protected as well and simply the use would require permission from the owners.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.