The sheer gorgeousness of these graphite works by Sam Wolfe Connelly have set my teeth on edge. Especially Alex; the grief on the girl's face is almost too exquisite. I wish I could purchase a print... If you have more money than I do at the moment, you can make it your own here. The piece's backstory gives it even more power:
"This is a portrait of the one girl [I] used to treasure more than anything.
Her expression in the drawing is actually from a photograph I took some time back, of her crying right before she left me. She never knew that this photo was taken. I had no reason of even why I took a picture of her, or what possessed me to keep it. Immediately after I had taken it I had forgotten about it, up until right before my show when I found it digging through my things. So, I turned it into a drawing."
See more of his work here.