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How to Draw Gir from Invader Zim

Gir from Nickelodeon show, "Invader Zim." Drawing inked and colored in Photoshop CS2.

Gir from Nickelodeon show, "Invader Zim." Drawing inked and colored in Photoshop CS2.

Gir is probably already familiar to those of you who regularly watched Nickelodeon in its heyday. The sidekick of alien Zim from the Nick show, "Invader Zim," Gir has gained himself a rather decent measure of popularity. You can find him in internet screenshot memes or on shirts and various other items from clothing stores like "Hot Topic." And now, you find him here featuring in a drawing tutorial! So, if you have a pencil and piece of paper on hand, let's get to drawing Gir!

Always keep your initial sketches light. It makes it easier to clean up mistakes or make changes. Darken your lines only once you are completely satisfied with your overall sketch.

Step 1

Draw a square shape for Gir's head slightly curving the top portion and the left and right sides. See the example.


Step 2

Put guides on the head. They'll help when you draw the features later on.


Step 3

Because Gir's head flows directly into his body, he doesn't really have a neck. That being the case, all you need to do is draw a small rectangle right underneath Gir's head on the left side.


Step 4

Next you'll draw Gir's limbs. Draw one large ovular shape inside the body on the left side for the visible arm. Now, directly on the bottom left and right sides of the body draw the same ovular shapes for legs, only, smaller.


Step 5

The ears and tail come next. You'll start with the ears. Draw one long triangular shape near to but not on the left top edge of Gir's head. Draw the same exact shape right above middle guideline for the second ear.

The tail is simple. All you need to do is draw a thin, pointy triangle on the lower left side (the back) of Gir's body. Aim for the small space between the left arm and leg.


Step 6

Gir is not an actual dog. He wears a dog suit as part of his earthly disguise. This fact is made very obvious by the large zipper on the front of his suit. Begin the zipper by drawing the rectangular zipper tab under the head on the right side of the body.


Step 7

Starting from the same point as the zipper tab, draw a long rectangle for the actual zipper portion of Gir's costume. Don't worry about the overlap of shapes. You'll work those out later on.


Step 8

Return to your guides and start adding in Gir's features, starting with the eyes. Draw two large circles: one inside the head and one almost halfway outside the head.


Step 9

Continuing with the features, draw Gir's nose and tongue. Use the middle guideline to place them. The nose will be an upside down triangle while the tongue will be a small square.


Step 10

You're getting close to the end! Return to the zipper portion of your drawing and add the details. On the metal tab, draw the appropriate lines to give it dimension. See the example.

Inside the zipper, draw zigzagging square lines to show that the costume is fastened up.


Your sketch at this point.


Step 11

Clean up your sketch lines, and remove the guides from Gir's head. Add the small pupils (draw them looking in opposite directions to give Gir his clueless look) and the stitch lines between the eyes to complete your drawing.


Actual Pencil sketch. What your sketch will really look like.


Thanks for using this guide! I hope you enjoyed it. Check back in from time to time for more hubs on drawing popular characters!


Ceres Schwarz on May 06, 2013:

This is a very detailed hub that's especially useful for those that want to learn how to draw Gir. It's great that you have images for each of the steps so the readers can easily follow along and understand the instructions. The finished drawing really does look like Gir.

Krystal Dallis (author) on May 05, 2013:

Glad you thought so. Thank you!

Susan from India on May 05, 2013:

This is so creative. you have made drawings so easy. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.