Here are some concepts for a ghost ship, for the pilot of The Originals
. I sketched out several versions.
And here is the final 2D matte painting. We moved the ship layer in the comp to make it move a little, and added warpers to the sails to make them drift. The hull is also projected onto simple geometry to give it a little bit of 3D parallax.
Here is the final comp, by David Alexander.