Drawing Cartoons of People
Question :

Is it permissible to draw people from Islamic history and also the 14 Infallibles, without their faces, as cartoons for the purpose of Islamic books for children?

Answer :

The said is permissible, although hand drawing of figures that have life is prohibited, but it is permissible to do so via the computer.

Photography
Question :

Is taking a photograph, having or displaying it forbidden?

Answer :

No, it is permissible.

Painting
Question :

I had a painting of myself done couple of weeks ago by another student. Do you think that it is against the religion to have something like that done for oneself?

Answer :

In general, painting of live things is prohibited but owning the painting is not prohibited.
As for the student who made the painting, his action is not prohibited since he did not know the verdict.