How to Draw Gru from Despicable Me

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“Just because everybody hates it, doesn’t mean it’s not good!”
– Gru, Despicable Me 2

Felonius Gru, usually referred to simply as Gru, is the anti-hero of the Despicable Me saga. Gru and his twin brother, Dru, were separated at birth. Gru inherited his family heritage of super-villainy. Even as a child, he designed advanced technology such as a working rocket ship.

For many years, Gru sought success as a supervillain and faced many setbacks. He worked with inventor Dr. Nefario, who created weapons such as a freeze ray, shrink ray, and fart gun. Together, they plotted to steal the moon.

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After adopting three orphaned girls – Margot, Edith, and Agnes – Gru decided to retire from a life of crime. He later met and fell in love with Lucy Wilde of the Anti-Villain League, and eventually married Lucy became a League member himself. Gru is often faced with the temptation to return to villainy, but his soft spot for his wife and children always bring him back to the side of the “good guys.”

Would you like to draw Gru from Despicable Me? This simple, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Gru from Despicable Me

How to Draw Gru: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching Gru’s head. Use curved lines to craft the irregular shape. Note the “C” shaped line used for the ear.

How to Draw Gru: Step 2

2. Next, outline Gru’s scarf. Use a long, curved line.

How to Draw Gru: Step 3

3. Continue to draw the scarf. Extend a pair of long, straight lines from the wrapped portion of the scarf.

How to Draw Gru: Step 4

4. Draw the other end of the scarf. Extend a pair of curved lines from the opposite side.

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How to Draw Gru: Step 5

5. Draw Gru’s jacket. Extend short lines from each side of the scarf. Draw a nearly straight line, followed by a “V” shaped line. Then, connect it to the tail of the scarf. Between the scarves, enclose two rectangular shapes. Together, these shapes form the jacket’s collar. Then, extend curved lines from the shoulders, and additional lines to differentiate the arms.

How to Draw Gru: Step 6

6. Draw the jacket’s zipper. Between the central portions of the collar, draw a square, followed by an inverted pentagon. Then, extend a pair of long, nearly straight lines. between the lines, draw a series of “X” shaped lines.

How to Draw Gru: Step 7

7. Detail the scarf. Draw pairs of curved lines across it to indicate stripes. Then, draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the portion that is around the neck.

How to Draw Gru: Step 8

8. Detail Gru’s face. Enclose curved, pointed shapes to indicate the eyebrows. Use a curved “V” shaped line to form the nose and a wide curved line for the smiling mouth. Include a short, curved line at each corner of the mouth.

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How to Draw Gru: Step 9

9. Detail the inner ear with curved lines. Then, outline the teardrop shape of the eyes. Within each eye, draw three circles, each smaller than the last. Shade between the two smallest to indicate the pupil. Draw curved lines around the outside of the eyes.

How to Draw Gru: Step 10

Color Gru. He typically dresses in shades of black and grey. Then, head over to our cartoon character drawing guides, where you’ll find plenty of other heroes and villains.

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