Realism is one of the oldest forms of art - it is the art of creating a likeness that is not merely recognisable, but sometimes almost lifelike. Its a genre that takes a lot of time, is painstaking in its process and precision and doesn't allow for mistakes. Though there are different degrees of realism - from hyper-realism, to somewhat looser styles , the one thing that is a constant is the precision of form and proportion, the creation of an indisputable likeness.
I work only in the highest artist quality lightfast pencil and pastel. This means my artworks will last a lifetime or longer if taken care of as per instruction.
Archival quality paper is as important as a good lightfast medium. Therefore I ensure that I use only high quality paper to ensure longevity.