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Creative Commons Licence

The images and associated explanatory text on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

In short, you're free to share any sketches but not sell them. You must include the source. Adding a link to the site or tagging a relevant social profile is extra helpful.

It's great when people share Sketchplanations, so please use sketches to illustrate your points in:

  • a work or consulting presentation
  • your course
  • your LinkedIn post for your company
  • your Instagram story or post
  • your article on Medium
  • a magazine or newspaper article
  • your email newsletter or the like... long as you give credit. In fact, I'd love you to use them to make a point, help explain something for others, further your career, or teach something to your students. That's what they're for!

More answers are below.

Licence FAQ

Can I use them in my article/newsletter/presentation/LinkedIn post/Instagram business post/course?

Yes. Please include the source. Because content is often reshared, I prefer that you don't remove the Sketchplanations logo from the sketches.

How should I attribute sketches?

Something like `Image: Sketchplanations` works well, ideally with the word Sketchplanations linking to the sketch page as it appears on the site eg to

Context matters when adding sources, so please make it work for you.

If you can't add a link, for example, because it's in a book or flyer, please include the .com——so people know where to find it.

Can I translate them and share them in my language?

Yes, please! Make sure to include the original source as above.

Can I use a sketch in my book?

Probably, yes. But please contact me for this, as some sketches have restrictions for printed collections after Big Ideas Little Pictures was launched with my publisher. I expect your publisher may want an image permission request signed in any case.

Can I sell them?

No, not without permission.

If you're thinking of publishing a collection with many sketchplanations, reselling them, or some giant marketing campaign, billboard, selling prints or the like, please contact me at, and we can discuss it.

Do you have high-resolution versions I can use?

Yes. You can use the download link underneath the sketch content on this site to get higher-resolution images if you need them.

Some older sketches may only give slightly higher resolutions when you download them. Feel free to contact me (—I will likely have a higher-res version.

I'm still not sure whether my use case is OK. What should I do?

Contact me at hello@sketchplanations with what you're planning, and I can let you know.

Can I pay you for it?

If the sketches have helped you, great! If you're in a position to support me on Patreon or buy me a coffee, it really helps, but it's absolutely not required. You can also contribute when downloading a high-resolution version if you choose. (OK, perhaps this isn't as frequently asked)

Wait, is it license or licence?

Good question. See here:

Thanks for checking! I appreciate it.

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