Literally a year of work. I kid you not, this was a year-long project. I had been interested in stippling, so this was my first attempt. I started it in July 2009, and finished it in June 2010. Nothing I have done since in stippling is so immensely detailed.
I had photographed some dried maple leaves, setting up depth of field that gave me out-of-focus leaves to draw. Only the upper leaf is sharp, the rest are progressively less sharp.
Cold press illustration board