How to Draw a Bat, Witch's Hat, and Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator

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Halloween Trio in Adobe Illustrator

Halloween Trio in Adobe Illustrator

Halloween is almost here, so let's draw a bat, a witch's hat, and a ghost. We'll start with the bat.

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Drawing the Bat Wing

Drawing the Bat Wing

Step 1: Make a new document in RGB mode using pixels as your unit of measurement. Go the Illustrator > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (PC) and choose Guides and Grid. Set Grid Every to 72, and Subdivisions to 6. Choose the pen tool (P) from the tool box. Following the diagram below, click where there are yellow dots and if you see a blue handle, drag as far as the handle extends on the diagram in FIGURE 1:

  1. Click at point 1.
  2. Click at point 2 and drag right the length of the handle in the diagram. As soon as you start to drag, depress the shift key so you constrain the drag to a 90º angle. Release.
  3. Click at point 3.
  4. Click at point 4 and drag left two squares. Once again, as soon as you start to drag, hold the shift key to constrain the drag to a 90º angle. Release.
  5. Click at point 5.
  6. Click at point 6 and drag left two squares. Once again, as soon as you start to drag, hold the shift key to constrain the drag to a 90º angle. Release.
  7. 7. Click at point 7.
  8. Click at point 8 and drag left two squares. Once again, as soon as you start to drag, hold the shift key to constrain the drag to a 90º angle. Release. FIGURE 2.

Remove the stroke from the bat wing and fill it with black. You should have something like FIGURE 3.

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Duplicating the Wing

Duplicating the Wing

Step 2: Select the Reflect Tool from the tool box. (It's on the Rotate tool flyout.) Option/alt + click where you see the red dot on FIGURE 4. This will open the Reflect dialog and set the point of origin at the same time. In the Reflect dialog, choose Vertical and click the Copy button to make a copy and reflect it at the same time.

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Adding the Body

Adding the Body

Step 3: Use the ellipse tool to draw an oval for the body, a circle for the head, and use the pen tool to draw two triangles for the ears and position them as shown in FIGURE 5. Select all of the body pieces and click the Add to Shape button, then click Expand.

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Finishing the Bat

Finishing the Bat

Step 4: Position the body in the center of the wings, and then select the wings and the body. Click the Align Vertical Center button on the Align palette. Add two tiny red circles for eyes.

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Drawing a Witch's Hat in Illustrator

Drawing a Witch's Hat in Illustrator

Step 1. Use the pen tool to draw a tall triangular shape. Fill with black. Use the Add Anchor Points tool from the pen tool flyout to add two new points as shown where you see the red dots on the upper part of the hat. Add a new point at the bottom as well. The two upper points are where you want the hat to bend, and the bottom point we'll pull down to round the bottom of the hat.

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Give the Hat its Shape

Give the Hat its Shape

Step 2. Use the direct selection tool (A) to push the right point inward and the left point outward as shown, and then click the point at the tip of the hat to select it and drag it left a bit to accentuate the point. Use the Convert Point tool to convert the bottom point to a curve point. Click the point with the Convert Point tool and drag left, holding the shift key to constrain the drag to a 90º angle.

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Add the Brim

Add the Brim

Step 3. Draw an ellipse for the brim of the hat and go to Object > Arrange > Send to back to send it behind the peak of the hat. Fill both pieces of the hat with a gray to black gradient. This is the gradient I used. Add a new stop by clicking under the gradient ramp. Change a color of a gradient stop by mixing a new color and dragging the swatch onto it, then move the gradient stops to distribute the colors.

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Decorate the Hat

Decorate the Hat

Step 4. Use symbols, brushes, or draw designs to decorate the hat.

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Drawing Ghosts in Illustrator

Little Ghosties

Step 1. Use the pencil tool to draw a freeform ghost shape with a white fill and to see it better, a light colored stroke. Go to Effects > Stylize > Add Inner Glow. Experiment with the settings to see what looks best, but use Multiply and change the color to a light gray by clicking on the color swatch to open the color picker. Enter #BBBBBB in the hex color box and click OK. Make sure Blur is set to Edge, and you can experiment with the Opacity setting. 75% worked well for me. Click OK. Remove the stroke and add facial features.

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Froehlich, Sara, Contributor. "How to Draw a Bat, Witch's Hat, and Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator." ThoughtCo, Aug. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/draw-bat-witchs-hat-and-ghosts-in-adobe-illustrator-1701844. Froehlich, Sara, Contributor. (2017, August 3). How to Draw a Bat, Witch's Hat, and Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/draw-bat-witchs-hat-and-ghosts-in-adobe-illustrator-1701844 Froehlich, Sara, Contributor. "How to Draw a Bat, Witch's Hat, and Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/draw-bat-witchs-hat-and-ghosts-in-adobe-illustrator-1701844 (accessed January 19, 2018).