This is a graphite drawing of an orchid plant I've managed to keep alive for almost two years. A couple of the leaves are becoming soft and wilting causing a bit of concern but I'm thrilled it's lasted this long. Not only is it still alive but has bloomed three times for me (which includes the blooming when I purchased it). When purchased, it had two stalks with flowers but reblooms have only been on one stalk.
Worked in a Strathmore Visual Journal with Bristol paper using a Staedtler Mars mechanical pencil with 2mm - 4B lead. Love this pencil and love this 4B lead. On the Bristol paper, it just seems to glide across the surface. Blending with a tortillon is so much fun for me. I love how a kneaded eraser can easily lift highlights. Graphite is definitely one of my top favorite mediums to work with.