By Gabrielle.

Do you ever have an inexplicably emotional reaction to something that pops up in your view, and find yourself hard-pressed to describe what it is that’s making your heart break a little, your eyes overflow a little, and everything on your massive to-do list fade clear away?

I think it’s because this mind-blowing piece of art was created in pencil. PENCIL! Incomprehensible, isn’t it?

Or maybe it’s the elephants. Did you know that an elephant herd is considered one of the most closely-knit societies of any animal, it’s led by the matriarch and made up of mostly females, and they’re one of the few animals known to have compassionate death rituals? And I don’t care how many years have passed since the first time I read Horton Hatches The Egg, I’ll forever see an elephant and think of the line: “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent.”

P.S. — Elephants are my favorite animal. Do you have a favorite?