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How to Draw Gir From "Invader Zim"

Krystal enjoys drawing in her free time. She also loves to give easy tutorials on cute drawings.

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.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Gir From Invader Zim

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!

Remember, 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 the outline of Gir's square-shaped head.

Step 1. Draw the outline of Gir's square-shaped head.

Step 1. Draw Gir's Head

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

Step 2. Draw guide lines on the head.

Step 2. Draw guide lines on the head.

Step 2. Draw Guide Lines

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

Step 3. Draw a small rectangle for the body.

Step 3. Draw a small rectangle for the body.

Step 3. Draw the Outline of the Body

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. Begin drawing outlines of the limbs.

Step 4. Begin drawing outlines of the limbs.

Step 4. Draw Gir's Limbs

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. Draw additional features—the ears and tail.

Step 5. Draw additional features—the ears and tail.

Step 5. Draw Gir's Ears and Tail

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 the 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. Draw the zipper at the front of Gir's dog suit.

Step 6. Draw the zipper at the front of Gir's dog suit.

Step 6. Draw the Top of the Zipper

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. Draw the outline of the rest of the zipper portion of Gir's outfit.

Step 7. Draw the outline of the rest of the zipper portion of Gir's outfit.

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Step 7. Draw the Outline of the Zipper

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. Start adding in Gir's features.

Step 8. Start adding in Gir's features.

Step 8. Draw the Features

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. Continue with Gir's features—draw his nose and tongue.

Step 9. Continue with Gir's features—draw his nose and tongue.

Step 9. Draw His Nose and Tongue

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. Draw in the details of the zipper portion of Gir's costume.

Step 10. Draw in the details of the zipper portion of Gir's costume.

Step 10. Add the Zigzags to Gir's Zipper

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 above.

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

Here's what your sketch should look like at this point.

Here's what your sketch should look like at this point.

Step 11. Clean up the sketch lines and remove the guide lines, then finish up the details.

Step 11. Clean up the sketch lines and remove the guide lines, then finish up the details.

Step 11. Finish Up the Drawing

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.

Here's the actual pencil sketch and what your sketch should look like when you're done!

Here's the actual pencil sketch and what your sketch should look like when you're done!

Comments

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.