Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Illustrator: Innes McDougall
Posted by Jessica Stewart
Innes McDougall is an illustrator with an incredible talent that allows him to transition brilliantly
between styles in his work. His work has garnered a significant amount of interest from various blogs, and there is a wealth of it floating around the extensive wilderness of Tumblr. However, it is clear that his extraordinary skill is deserving of so much more than likes and reblogs.
McDougall is primarily concerned with portraiture, usually turning to photographs of celebrities for reference or inspiration. His hyperrealistic depictions of these subjects, including the likes of Adriana Lima (above) and Liv Tyler, communicate so much more than their beauty. Innes McDougall makes fantastic use of light and shadow in order to create highly expressive artwork. He captures every crease, line and change in tone to heighten the look depicted in the original photographic. Yet perhaps what is most striking is the way he draws, colours and brings the eyes of each subject to life. The vividity of the iris, the detail of the lashes, and so many other components all combine to draw the eye of the viewer to the eye of the figure being viewed.
Each gaze is entirely arresting, and this is an area of expertise further explored in more recent work which sees Innes McDougall creating contrastingly softer images. Eyes are starkly outlined and brilliantly coloured, set against warm hues that wash and drip away on the canvas.