- Interpret the theme of “ghosts” by visually exploring repetition and transparency.
- Draw a minimum of 5 ghosts in your composition.
- Even though most people understand what the word “ghost” means, looking up the dictionary definition can sometimes spark more ideas.
- Thumbnails will be especially helpful to plan out your composition.
- Try to get past the most literal, cliché version of what people expect ghosts to look like.
- Put that cliché down on paper, then eliminate it!
- Draw at least 6 thumbnail sketches.
- Consider using reference photos.
- Photos that may seem unrelated can be excellent resources for shape, textures, and environments.
- For example, these photos of water could be used for textures.
- Use our free reference photo collection.
- Consider the ghosts as group, are they scattered and fragmented?
- Do the ghosts group merge to imply a larger form?
- The silhouette of your ghosts is important, think about that shape before developing facial features.
- Ghosts don’t have to have a face!
- While this does not need to be an illustrative image, it can helpful to have a narrative that you are starting from.
- Taking a ghost story from mythology, folklore, literature can be a great place to start.
- A ghost based on one of your ancestors and their story can be very compelling.
drawing media & paper
- Think about drawing media and papers that have an inherent transparent quality to them.
- Shape and transparency translates into collage very well.
- Translucent surfaces like tracing paper, parchment, wax paper can be really fun to draw on, or used as cut out shapes.
- See our overview of drawing supplies to get ideas from our Drawing Curriculum.
Elements of Art: Shape
This video explains SHAPE, one of the Elements of Art. Shape can be a powerful visual tool for creating dynamic compositions. Examples of illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and more are shown, where shape plays an integral role.
Elements of Art: Value
This video explains VALUE, one of the Elements of Art. Topics include using value as a means of creating dramatic lighting and contrast, how to create subtlety with value, and fostering an illusion of a broad range of greys.