Melissa Cooke is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin in fine arts. She creates what can only be referred to as graphite paintings, as she states ” I create my work by applying thin layers of powdered graphite to paper with a dry brush. Illusion dissolves into brushwork and the honesty of the material.” The end result is a hyper realistic drawing, all of which tend to be around 50″ x 38″ in size. The effect is amazing. She has three series of works on her site, “You Know Me Better”, “Vacuum”, and “Masked”. There is also a couple of videos on the site that show her working process in a way.
See the rest of her work here: Melissacooke.com