When I started MC Animal Portraits back in 2011, I only drew in graphite. Although I also draw in colour pencil now, I love the contrast created by graphite.
Each graphite portrait takes a minimum of 15 hours to complete, usually around 20 hours. I have multiple sets of graphite pencils, the set I currently use is a set of 21 with varying hardness. Out of the 21, I usually only use 7 or 8 different pencils. I gradually build up the layers until I get the perfect tone to compliment the picture.
Below are just few examples of my graphite work from recent years.