Don't be afraid! This ghost cartoon won't try to scare you... unless you are in a haunted house! Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to draw a nice spirit filled with nice colors (mostly various tones of blue and white) and great effects.
Indeed, using a vector software, I will show you how to create a simple transparent character and how to create a simple shadow all around it. The result is very easy to achieve and should look quite realistic.
Important note: For each step available below, the first image represents the operation you must perform for this particular step. All changes are surrounded by a red outline.
On the second image, you will have the opportunity to see the result of this particular step.
First, draw a simple cartoon character. My character doesn't have any hair on top of the head, but if you want to draw some hair, just go ahead and do so. Once you are finished, you can use various tones of blue (plain colors only for now) to color the character. That's it for now!
It's now time to use the gradient tool from your vector software. Select all shapes one-by-one and use the gradient tool to apply some shadows on all various parts of the ghost cartoon. Most of the shapes should be darker on the bottom and lighter on top. The mouth and the pupils can be colored in black.
For this particular step, you need to create new shapes to for the shadows that are visible on the head, the shirt, the feet, the pupils and the eyes. All of these new shapes are also slightly transparent. Some vector software have independent tools to create transparency while others are using the gradient tool to create transparency.
Finally, group all the shapes together and make the character slightly transparent. Some tools can also be used to create shadows around shapes. This is what I used to represent the blue light that can be seen around the character. Great job! This ghost is now ready to scare people!