Scottish artist Douglas McDougall uses charcoal, sandpaper and scalpel blades to create his amazingly realistic portraits of friends and people he finds interesting. In his younger years, the 50-year-old artist used to do a lot of pen and ink illustration work but eventually settled on charcoal as his medium of choice. ‘The immediacy of applying that blackness and the way in which it’s sucked into a white paper forever excited me with a glorious kick of absoluteness’, the artist states. Douglas McDougall uses various kinds of charcoal along with unusual art tools like sandpaper and sharp blades to create his detailed hyper-realistic portraits.
All images © Douglas McDougall