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Uploaded: April 24, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 23, 2010
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Well, I'm going to walk away from the chibi stuff for now so I can get two animals uploaded for all to enjoy. Today, I thought there was two birds missing from the “birds” section under the “Animals” category. This first tutorial is going to show you "how to draw a Cardinal", step by step. These birds are so incredibly beautiful. Their bright red feathers tapper off on their backs and wings and turn into a grayish red. The crest or crown of feathers above their heads is also so pretty, and their faces are unique and bold making the cardinal one of the worlds most recognized bird species in existence. Bird watchers look forward to seeing a cardinal when they are out with their binoculars waiting in their backyards or a bird sanctuary. Did you know that not all cardinals are red? It's true, the fact is, only male cardinals have that vibrant red color. Females are usually brown with hues of red that accent their bodies. There is a lot of Chinese and Japanese art that contain cardinals in their drawings or better yet paintings. A cool thing about the male cardinal is that they are extreme protectors of their breeding territory. Just to give you an example of how aggressive they are over their areas, I will let you in on something; male cardinals will fight in front of it's own reflection for hours on end. Pretty insane right? These birds live in open woodlands for their habitats, which means they can be seen in forests, backyards, fields that have overgrown shrubbery, and even in thickets. Like a lot of birds, cardinals eat mainly seed, fruits, and insects. Yes, even butterflies. The cardinal is also a singing bird, and they will sing songs while they are sitting on the ground, or in low lying tress and shrubs. I love the way that the bird came out, and I think any artist that wants to try out this lesson, will have a blast with it as well. Learning "how to draw a cardinal" is going to be a bird that is actually worth drawing because they are such a popular species. I shall return folks so sit around to see when that will be.

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How to Draw a Cardinal

how to draw a cardinal step 1

STEP 1.

Draw a circle for the head of this pretty bird, and then add the one vertical line for the beak. Next sketch out the shape of the body, and then the outline for the tail. Draw the one leg line and proceed to the next step.
 
how to draw a cardinal step 2

STEP 2.

You will now start sketching out the shape of the birds head, and be sure to add the thin looking feathery crown. Sketch out the perfect sized beak, and then draw the marking line for the top of the beak. Lastly, draw an eyeball, and sketch out the shape of the body like the wing, and neck.
 
how to draw a cardinal step 3

STEP 3.

Color in the eye, and then add the actual feather lines and shapes. When you are done, draw the chest, and begin sketching out the tail. Lastly, draw the thigh for the leg, and then draw the marking line that starts under the eye, and off to the left like a chain.
 
how to draw a cardinal step 4

STEP 4.

You will now finish drawing this cardinal by sketching out the feathery tail, and then draw the legs and bird feet. Next you have to draw a branch that this bird is standing on right? Once you are done, erase the lines and shapes you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a cardinal step 5

STEP 5.

You are all done drawing a cardinal. See how easy that was. Who would of thought that drawing birds could be so easy. Get your coloring tools and shade in this species a nice bright red color.