How to Draw a Ghost

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Boo! Today we will create a friendly looking but still a little scary cartoon style ghost drawing.

Drawing a ghost is pretty simple. Basically, it's made only of a triangle, two rectangles, and a few ovals. Ectoplasm is optional.

We will first draw the simple shapes. Sketch softly, as those lines will be erased later.

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The guide has only ten steps. If you follow the step-by-step instructions, your ghost drawing will be ready in no time at all.

​In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ghost

How to Draw Ghost: Step 1

Start by drawing a large triangle and an oval on top of it.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 2

Add two rectangles, one to each side, for the arms.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 3

Draw two ovals for the ghost's hands.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 4

Add a wavy line at the bottom of the drawing.


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How to Draw Ghost: Step 5

Draw eight ovals for the fingers.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 6

Now we will start making the drawing more "real". Sketch slightly curing lines outside the triangle and rectangles. The ghost needs to look soft and not too precise.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 7

Erase the inner lines. Tweak the finger shapes to make them look more real. Also, add a couple of lines for the thumbs and palms.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 8

Add two ovals for the eyes. Draw the pupils inside. The ghost is frowning, so the eyebrows need to be close to each other and angled down. Draw a peanut shape for the open mouth.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 9

Add the final details; two sharp teeth and the tongue.

How to Draw Ghost: Step 10

Tweak as needed, erase the stray lines, outline the drawing with black lines, and color it.


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