Step-by-step: Depict a convincing ghostly figure
1 First I sketch out my composition. The posture of your figure helps to express their personality or intentions. One trick to creating undead characters is to make them lumbering or hunched, but here I decide to show it pulling a ghostly sword from the effigy. Storytelling can be key to selling a character. 2 The dark tomb will accentuate the spectral glow of your ghost. When blocking in your painting, use a limited palette in cool colours, focusing on saturation and value to define your shapes. This will help tie your picture together and make it look like your character is the solitary glowing light source in the scene. 3 Use contrast and control the direction of your brushstrokes to direct your viewer’s eye. This will aid storytelling and create a focal point. I push the hues of the image further towards blue to identify the sword as the key point in the story. Color Dodge mode can be an effective way to add this kind of colour.