Step 5 - Ok, we've go some masts, and we've got some sails. Let's throw a crows nest up there so the ghost pirates can spot ghost prey from miles away out at, um, ghost sea. Also, right now this ship is looking like a very non-discript ship. Not scary at all. Why, you could tell someone that it was nothing more than a Italian Merchant clipper ship and no one would question you. Let's throw some pirate-themed signals and gestures up there. The cross and bones are a classic. Ooooo...Let's add a flag to keep ship moral up. Step 6 - Now, being crewed by ghost pirates is good, but it is cannons that rule the seas. Our ship needs cannons to earn the respect of the New World colonies. They think that they are Bee's Knees, what with their fancy fortresses and numerous muskets! Throw a few cannons on the side there so everyone knows we mean business. These are little more than rectangles with circles within them. Two different shapes combined for destruction! It's good to be a pirate! Step 7 - Almost there. Our ship still needs some finishing touches to make it a respectible pirate ghost ship. Put one of them busty mermaid vixens on the bow. Lots of ships have those. Don't go overboard (heh) with the bustyness though. This ship needs to be light and quick to catch the spanish armada treasure ships, and extra bosom will only distract the crew. Also, let's put a treasure chest up on deck, which implies that our pirate ghosts just got back from some sort of successful pillaging. Or maybe they just invested wisely, it really doesn't matter. Step 8 - Alright, last step. This ship needs a crew! Time to whip you your best skeleton pirates! The secret to drawing skeletons is to just keep it simple. Skeletons don't need a full set of ribs to be scary, just a skull and a bad attitude. Give'em a sword so they can dash their foes and hang'em from the yardarm (whatever that is)! Also, lets throw in some scenery stuff. For as long as man has been able to tilt his/her head towards the heavens, they have hated the moon. Curse that moon! So let's put one of those into the heavens to scowl down at us and our meaningless lives. Also, clouds at night are down-right terrifying. Some of you might recognize the clouds I have drawn are nothing more than the flatulence symbol that I have used in past drawings. Versitility is key to a good artist. Alright, put in saturn for that cutting, new-wave edginess that drives the kids wild nowadays, and maybe some sort of big, biting fish, and you are there.
Congrats! Make whatever modifications you deem necessary. But keep it within reason. Outlandish drawings only distract the observer from the true meaning of the work as a whole.
(Pirate ghosts are awesome)