How to Draw Zero (Nightmare Before Christmas) VIDEO & Step-by-Step Pictures
Use the video and step-by-step drawing instructions below to learn how to draw Zero, Jack Skellington's ghost dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Stay tooned for more tutorials!
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To draw Zero step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to go at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below. The new lines in each step are shown in red, and each step is explained in the text below the photo, so you'll know exactly what to draw in each step. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods! Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The written step-by-step video tutorial:
Intro: Start off with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don’t press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: Start by drawing a small circle near the left side of the page as a guide for Zero's head. To draw the circle, first make four small marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a small, circular object like a coin or a lid.
Step 2: Draw a curved, horizontal line across the head as a construction guide, which will later help you place the facial features of this Nightmare Before Christmas character. Draw a shorter, curved, vertical line on the top, left for another construction guide.
Step 3: On the right side of the head, draw a long, curved, triangular shape made up of two lines for the top of Zero's muzzle. Pay attention to the length of the shape in relation to the head. The right should be wide, and the left should be pointy.
Step 4: On the bottom, draw another long, curved but slightly wider triangular shape as a guide for the lower jaw on Jack Skellington's ghost dog.
Step 5: On the top, right side of the head, draw a very long, wavy, horizontal line as a guide for Zero's ear. This line should have two "hills" at the top. Pay attention to its length in relation to this Nightmare Before Christmas character's head.
Step 6: Under the head, draw a sloping, vertical line for the first part of the guide for Zero's body. On the right side of the head, draw a very long, almost horizontal line for the top edge of the guide for the body. At the bottom, draw another very long, curved line to close off the triangular guide for the body.
That's it for the guides! For the next steps, use darker lines for a more defined drawing.
Step 7: Inside the head, on top of the horizontal line, draw two small, oval-like shapes for the eyes. The bottoms of the shapes should be wider than the tops. Use the vertical line as a guide to space out the eyes. The eye on the left should be smaller because of the way Zero's head is turned. Shade in the eyes.
Step 8: Draw a small circle on the tip of the muzzle for the Jack-o'-lantern nose on Jack Skellington's ghost dog. Add a little stem at the top. Don't make Zero's nose too big. The facial features of the jack-o-lantern will be added in the coloring step.
Step 9: Darken the triangular shape under the nose for the top part of Zero's muzzle. Extend the bottom line inside the head near the eye ad make it wavy for the open mouth.
Step 10: Darken the curved, triangular guide at the bottom for this Nightmare Before Christmas character's lower jaw. Draw a long, curved line within the shape for the inside of Zero's open mouth.
Step 11: Draw a short, curved line over each eye for the brow. Use the initial circle as a guide to draw the rest of Zero's head. Darken the circle but don't overlap the muzzle on the left. Make the bottom edge a bit flatter.
Step 12: Darken the wavy line on the right side of Zero's head for the first part of the ear. Overlap the lines on the right side of the "hills" so that it resembles folds on cloth. Draw another wavy line at the bottom to make the shape of the ear thicker. Make the right tip pointy.
Step 13: Draw a couple of curved lines on top of the ear for the visible part of Zero's ear on the other side. Use the first ear as a template. Draw the pointy tip of the ear on the right side.
Step 14: Draw a curved line under the head for the collar on Jack Skellington's ghost dog. Use the big triangle as a guide to draw Zero's body. Follow the lower edge of the guide and make the lines curvier for folds on the cloth body. Draw a few sloping, vertical lines within the shape for more emphasis on the flowing cloth. Continue to draw curved lines along the bottom edge of the initial shape for the folds on the cloth. Add fewer folds and make the line less wavy on the right side.
Step 15: Follow the path of the initial guide at the top to draw the rest of this Nightmare Before Christmas character's body. Draw a wavy line along the path of the guide to create the top edge of the body. Draw a couple of pointy shapes to the left and on the bottom of Zero's body for the cloth on the other side.
Step 16: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink your drawing to avoid any accidents. After the ink dries, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing of Jack Skellington's ghost dog.
Final Step: Color your drawing of Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas! Inside the nose, draw three triangles using yellow-orange for the Jack-o'-lantern's face. Color the rest of the nose orange. Use red for Zero's collar and gray for the shadows on the body. Use gray for the inside of the mouth too. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.