Giulia Tomai is an Italian illustrator who knows how to wield the mighty pencil. Her drawings, which often depict young women, use soft lines and the flattened edge of a graphite or colored pencil. She doesn’t seem overly concerned with realistic rendering and plays with distortion and pattern. I especially like it when she combines colored pencil and graphite, and it reminds me of famed illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. The graphite is acts as a way to build form, while the colored pencil accents it.
Giulia also illustrated the Shakespearian classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here are a couple of spreads from it: