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How to Draw a Ghost

Easy, step by step Ghost drawing tutorial
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Ghosts are one of the world's most popular mythological figures. The exact definitions can vary, but most people agree that a ghost is a spirit or form of energy that walks the earth after the body has passed away.

People all over the world have reported seeing ghosts, particularly in old houses, mansions and cemeteries.

Ghost myths are so popular that they've inspired thousands of books, movies, comics, video games and TV shows. Casper the Friendly Ghost is a popular cartoon character that was introduced to audiences in the 1940s. Other examples include "Monster House" and the Ghostbusters film series.

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Since ghosts can be anyone and do just about anything, you can come up with hundreds of stories for your cartoon ghost.

This guide teaches you how to draw a ghost at home. All you need is your drawing tools and a few sheets of paper in case you make a mistake and have to start over.

You can color your ghost whatever color you want, but most ghosts are black-and-white. However, that doesn't mean you have to leave the page white. Different shades of grey add depth to the picture and make your ghost leap off the page.

Follow these steps to make your very own ghost at home.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chucky, Voodoo Doll, and Jack O Lantern.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ghost

Ghost drawing - step 1
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Start with two curved dashes like small hills. Draw large ovals on top, then add another curve to each of the ovals to give the shapes more depth.

Ghost drawing - step 2
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw a half-circle underneath the eyes, then sketch a curve underneath to form the mouth. Use small curved lines to add details around the face.

Ghost drawing - step 3
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Start on the right and make a curved line, then continue upward until you reach the top of the head. Make a rounded line like the top of a dome. Add a hook, then draw a semi-parallel line underneath to create a long shape like a swirl of ice cream.

Ghost drawing - step 4
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Repeat the first from 3 to draw the other side of the head. On the right, draw another curve followed by a squiggly line.

Ghost drawing - step 5
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Make a hot dog shape for the thumb. For the fingers, draw three small ovals, making sure that they overlap. Use lines to connect the shapes and form the hand.

Ghost drawing - step 6
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Sketch lines inside the hand to add creases to the palm. On the right, draw another squiggly line. Make another loose oval shape, and attach it to the head with a curve.

Ghost drawing - step 7
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Use more thick ovals for the fingers. Make sure that they overlap to give them depth. Draw a curve to complete the palm.

Ghost drawing - step 8
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Sketch a sweeping curve for the chest, then draw another curve that swoops outward. Draw the line upward into a point and sweep it down again. Add a short line at the middle of the body.

Ghost drawing - step 9
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Complete the body with a single line that swirls and has jagged edges. Make sure the body ends in a point at the bottom.

Complete Ghost drawing
ghost step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Outline your drawing with a black pen or marker, then erase all the extra pencil lines.

You've now drawn a cartoon ghost! Since ghosts are traditionally white, you'll need different shades of grey to color your drawing.

Use a darker shade of grey for the shadows. For the eyes and mouth, use black or dark grey.

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How to draw: Ghost - all drawing steps
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