How to Draw a Ghost

How to Draw a Ghost – A Step-by-Step Guide to a Ghost Drawing

Have you ever felt like you’re being watched, only to turn around and find no one there? Perhaps it’s just your imagination, or maybe it’s something spookier. Ghosts have been a part of human mythology and folklore for centuries, and their stories continue to fascinate and frighten us to this day. Whether it’s the disembodied voices, the eerie apparitions, or the unexplained movements, something about ghosts never fails to capture our attention and send shivers down our spines. So, beware of the things that go bump in the night, because you never know when you might come face to face with a ghost! 



Learn How to Draw a Ghost in Today’s Tutorial 

Get ready to experience the thrill of drawing a ghost! Don’t fret if you’re feeling a tad jittery or uncertain because our step-by-step instructions will guide you like an expert. With handy tips and clear guidelines, you’ll conjure up a haunting and eerie ghost drawing in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a beginner, this drawing adventure promises to be enjoyable. So, grab your paper and pencils, and let the ghostly inspiration take hold of you!

With the simple-to-follow process illustrated in the collage below, you can effortlessly sketch and color a ghost of your own.  

Ghost Drawing Collage


Step 1: Draw the Main Body of Your Ghost Drawing 

To begin our tutorial on how to draw a ghost, start by drawing a vertical oval shape. This will represent the main body of your ghost. 

Ghost Drawing 01


Step 2: Draw the Pumpkin 

Draw an additional titled oval overlapping the main body of your ghost. 

Ghost Drawing 02


Step 3: Add the Hand Construction Lines 

In this step, draw a ‘V’ shape that splits the main body in half. On the left of the construction lines, it should be drawn higher up than the right side. At the end of each line, draw small ovals to represent the hands of your ghost sketch. 

Ghost Drawing 03


Step 4: Outline the Hands on Your Ghost Sketch 

Make use of the previously drawn construction lines to aid you in drawing the right hand attached to the pumpkin. Draw the second hand to the left side with four fingers visible.

Ghost Drawing 04


Step 5: Draw the Cloth 

Use the ‘V’ construction line to aid you in drawing the ripped cloth of the ghost leading from a wider cloth to a more narrow, and sharp ripped edges. Feel free to draw several holes and cuts within the cloth itself.

Ghost Drawing 05


Step 6: Add the Pumpkin to the Ghost Sketch 

Outline a more realistic pumpkin shape using the previously drawn oval shape. Add in the separation grooves within the pumpkin. Once complete, draw the twirling stem on top of the pumpkin. 

Ghost Drawing 06


Step 7: Draw the Facial Features 

Draw two oval shapes, leaning towards each other, on the head to represent the eyes. Complete the step by drawing a large curving line representing the smile of your ghost drawing. 

Ghost Drawing 07


Step 8: Add the First Color Coat 

With a regular brush and gray paint, evenly coat the entirety of your ghost sketch. 

Ghost Drawing 08


Step 9: Color the Pumpkin 

Continue to use the same paintbrush as previously and switch to bright orange paint, and evenly coat the pumpkin on your ghost drawing. 

Ghost Drawing 09


Step 10: Add Color to the Facial Features 

With a thin, sharp brush and black paint, fill in both eyes on the ghost’s face. Switch to green paint and color the stem of the pumpkin. 

Ghost Drawing 10


Step 11: Contour Your Ghost Drawing 

In this step, you are going to start defining the structure of your ghost drawing. Begin by selecting a small, soft brush and black paint, and softly add stretches and creases to the main body cloth. Apply soft contour to the edges of the ghost.

Follow this by enhancing certain areas with darker shadows which will be explained in the next step.

Ghost Drawing 11


Step 12: Add Shading 

You are now going to enhance the previously added contour by using a small, soft brush and black paint, and adding a slightly darker layer of shading between the edges of the creases and stretches on the body. Switch to a blending brush to soften and spread the shading.

Ghost Drawing 12


Step 13: Highlight Your Ghost Sketch

Add highlights along the opposite edges of the creases and stretches, using a soft brush and white paint. Blend and soften these highlights using a blending brush. 

Ghost Drawing 13


Step 14: Enhance the Shading 

With a small brush and black paint, enhance the shading along the bottom edges of the ghost’s cloth. Use a blending brush to smoothen and fade the shading along the creases and stretches. Switch to a fine brush and fill in the ripped holes of the ghost’s cloth. 

Ghost Drawing 14


Step 15: Texture the Stem on the Pumpkin 

In this step, lightly add textured lines within the stem of the pumpkin, using a soft brush and black paint. Soften the shading with a blending brush. Complete this step by adding a light highlight within each eye using a soft brush and white paint. 

Ghost Drawing 15


Step 16: Texture the Pumpkin 

With a fine, sharp brush and dark orange paint, add subtle brushstrokes within the pumpkin. This will create texture lines, and these strokes should flow according to the curvature of the pumpkin. Complete the step using a soft brush and black paint, and add shadows along the surrounding frame of the pumpkin.

Use a clean blending brush to fade the shading inwards along the structure of the pumpkin.

Ghost Drawing 16


Step 17: Highlight the Pumpkin in Your Ghost Sketch 

Add soft brushstrokes along the curvature of the pumpkin grooves, with a soft brush and a combination of yellow and light orange paint. Complete this step using a blending brush and face the color coats. 

Ghost Drawing 17


Step 18: Add a Ground Shadow 

Use a small brush and black paint to paint a black spot below your ghost drawing. Switch to a blending brush to spread the shadow both ways.

Ghost Drawing 18


Step 19: Finalize Your Ghost Drawing 

For a flawless outcome, utilize a fine, sharp brush, and trace the complete outline of your ghost sketch covering any internal texture lines.

Ghost Sketch 19


Well done on finishing your ghost drawing! You’ve accomplished an incredible feat by bringing this spooky entity to life on your paper. We hope you had fun during the tutorial on how to draw a ghost, and found it both informative and enjoyable. With these skills, you’ll be able to illustrate and paint anything you desire! 



Frequently Asked Questions 


How to Draw a Ghost That Looks Spooky and Realistic?

To draw a spooky and realistic ghost, it’s important to pay attention to the details. Start by sketching out the basic shape of the ghost, and then focus on adding intricate details such as the flowing drapery and wispy appendages. Consider the type of ghost you want to draw – will it be a classic sheet ghost or something more specific like a phantom? Play around with different shading techniques to create a sense of transparency, and consider using darker shading around the edges to make the ghost look more ominous.


How Do I Add Extra Details to My Ghost Drawing to Make It More Unique?

To make your ghost drawing stand out and be more interesting, think about adding extra details that give your ghost character and depth. Consider adding details to the facial features, such as a menacing grin or a sad expression. You could also consider playing around with the lighting to create a spooky atmosphere, or adding a background that tells a story or sets the scene. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different techniques to make your ghost drawing unique and memorable!


Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *