Draw a sketch
Create a new document. Set the width to 1000 pixels and the height to 1000 pixels.
We'll try to fill the artboard as much as we can with objects and details. So I made a sketch which includes the most iconic Halloween objects – a Jack-o-lantern, a ghost, two skulls, witches hat, an eye, a bat and some candy here and there.
If you draw the sketch using a tablet, Rasterize it (Object > Rasterize). In the dialog box just click OK. In case you're importing your scanned handmade sketch, just lock the layer (Control + 2).
Choose a color palette
Before we start, let’s take a moment to select our color palette.This is really important because our color palette will give the illustration the right mood. For Halloween, I would go with a dark background and warm shades of pink, yellow, orange and light blue.
Start tracing the sketch
To make our illustrated elements, we'll mostly use the Pen Tool (P). The Pen Tool is one of the best inventions in digital arts. It allows us to trace any shape we want with very accurately. It might be difficult to adjust at first, but trust me - once you get used to it, you can do awesome things.
Select the sketch, drop the opacity to 50% and lock it (Control + 2). This way the sketch will be very faint, allowing us to trace it easily.
We'll start tracing one object at a time and I'll guide you through the process.
Step 1 – Ghost
The ghost is our protagonist so we'll trace it first. Start with the body and try not to make too many anchor points so the round angles look nice and smooth. Then trace the face and hands. Color the ghost using the light blue color from our palette and the eyes and mouth with dark blue.
Step 2 – Jack O’ Lantern
Always start tracing the largest objects and then move to the smaller ones. So, first goes the pumpkin head, then the face and the stem. Color the pumpkin in the lighter orange and the facial features in dark blue. When you're done, add simple crescent shapes over the pumpkin and color them in the darker orange. These details will make the Jack-O’-Lantern more attractive.
Step 3 – Skulls
These cute skulls are possibly my favorite part of the illustration. Start tracing the heads, then move on to their faces and the heart between them. Color one of them in dark yellow and the other one in pink.
Step 4 – Witches hat
Let’s trace the witch's hat. Start with the main triangular shape and then add the half-circle bottom. Add the collar next. When coloring it, use pink for the hat and dark blue and dark yellow for the details.
Step 5 – The bat
Again, we’re tracing the larger part first - the body. Then we'll move on to the smaller parts - the eyes and ears. Color it pink with dark blue details.
Step 6 – Eyeball
Start tracing the largest circle and then move on to the smaller circles. Finish with the vein. Then color the eyeball in light blue and the iris in dark yellow and dark blue. Color the vein in pink and orange. After this, add some details, like the capillaries and the eye glow. Form the capillaries by doing zig-zag shapes and color them in pink.
Step 7 – Smaller objects pt.I
The purpose of these smaller objects is filling the gaps in the illustration. These candies and lightning bolts are the perfect space fillers. Start tracing the main shapes and then go into the details. Color them in the warm colors from our palette.
Step 8 – Smaller objects pt.II
Let’s not forget the bone, stars and the spider. As you can see from the sketch, these objects are also great for filling empty space. After tracing, color them – light blue for the bone, dark yellow for the stars and pink and orange for the spider.
Step 9 – Text
Tracing the text might be the hardest part of this illustration, you need a bit of patience! Trace the letters, but don't follow the sketch too precisely. This way the letters will get a nice retro look. When you're done, color the letters in dark blue and the gaps (in the A, P, P and O) in dark yellow.
Let’s see how the illustration looks so far. Everything seems nice and balanced but we still have some gaps here and there. Let’s fill them with little details.
Fill the gaps
Using the pen tool, draw a few very simple shapes so we can position them between the objects and fill the empty space. I drew simple diamonds, triangles and circles. Duplicate them a few times so you'll have enough.
Arrange the details randomly in the illustration. If you see an empty space, feel free to place any of the small objects. Also, multiply two star shapes and position them between the word HAPPY.
The illustration looks awesome so far. We'll do another trick to make it even more appealing to the eye – scaling down the size.
Select the whole illustration. Double click the Scale Tool (S). A dialog box will appear. Enter 90 as a Uniform Scale value and click OK.
Now we have some empty space between the illustration and the artboard edges.
Add a background. Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and click on any empty space. A dialog box will appear. Enter 1000 pixels for both values, Width and Height and click OK. Color the rectangle in dark blue. To position it as a background, click on the rectangle and go to Object > Arrange > Send to back. With this step we're done creating this fun Halloween illustration.
Great job! We just finished creating this awesome Halloween illustration and now we can put it to use. I think it could make great phone wallpaper or an amazing t-shirt print. Remember - because this is a vector graphic, you can print it in any size you like.
I used a Freepik template (go to the Attachement section) and made these T-shirt mockup previews. Aren’t they cool?
Halloween is considered one of the most fun holidays. There's lots of candy and lots of orange colors! So Halloween is a great theme for fun illustrations which you can use as prints, t-shirt designs or cards. Let’s make one now!
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