Jahna Draws

Jahna Vaughan is an illustrator residing just outside the Boston area. She is currently available for all freelance requests, including personal commissions. When she isn’t making art, she likes to walk barefoot in unfriendly terrain, write, and cook way too much food.

Alright, here we go. Healing spell, hour one. The color scheme might be a little close to my Witch piece from last year, but I’ll fiddle with it later I suppose.

Lately I’ve been really digging those fantasy RPG or trading card illustrations that show ladies casting spells. They always have great opportunity for lighting, color scheme, movement, and portraiture.

Besides, I’m in the mood to draw me some elves.

The sketch above is a pencil plan for a digital painting. I prefer sketching and shading traditionally when I plan pieces, because I feel it’s quicker and more intuitive. Digital painting is great, because it allows you to adjust at whim. Size, proportions, value balance, color scheme, and more can be decided even halfway through a piece. Some pretty crazy things can be adjusted at the end with ease, like the hue over the whole piece, or a value gradient at the finish. I usually scan my traditional sketch plans and work right on top of them.

Very excited to upload the second part of the series I began. This one is Night. I just wanted to do a whole ton of purple hair, really.

This is another one of my ‘work projects’, but this particular one is very dear to me. I didn’t finish it at my job, but during the proceedings of a very important court case that I’ve been fighting for the past three years.

Here’s to hoping that moon has set for me, and for luck in a new one.

Finished another one of my work project recently. They’re becoming really fun and involved for me. This one is Sunrise, and Night is just about done. I’m still deciding on Sunset and Day.

Here is something that might be interesting. The image on the left is the first pass of my traditional ‘flats’. They’re done all in markers. Anything you see there that is shaded was accomplished through having one of the nicer new Prismacolor brush pens, or having a marker at optimum ink level. That sweet spot where it puts out some ink, but not too much. Some of these flats are purposefully darker than the end color, because I know I’ll be layering colored pencil over the top.

The image on the right is the finished one, with lots of nice colored pencil over the top. This is one of my favorite ways to work right now.

New work project. I’m really digging vignette style compositions with no frames right now.

I work at a call center, so right now during my breaks I spend my time working on little projects I give myself. The sketchbook I bring back and forth with me right now is quite small, only 5.5”x8.5”. I also bring a comically large bag of colored pencils and markers, which makes me look a little crazier, but that’s fine.

P.S. Look up harpy eagles, because they are amazing and powerful looking, while being ridiculous and adorable at the same time.

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New job, new goals, new schedule.

Bleeding hearts are my favorite flower. How can they be so amazingly shaped?

This is traditional drawing in markers and colors pencils, which is fun to do on the breaks from my new job. I give myself job ‘projects’, to color, or draw, or shade something while I am there. It’s a good way to stay in practice, and fit some art into my day.

Reblog for the daywalkers

New job, new goals, new schedule.

Bleeding hearts are my favorite flower. How can they be so amazingly shaped?

This is traditional drawing in markers and colors pencils, which is fun to do on the breaks from my new job. I give myself job ‘projects’, to color, or draw, or shade something while I am there. It’s a good way to stay in practice, and fit some art into my day.

Lana, I don’t care about your Las Vegas past. I just want to sit and stare at your beautiful half-sneering lips all day.

It’s spring, and I’ll draw all the flowers and ladies I want, and no one can stop me. Here, have a sketch in progress.