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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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Drawing  a cardinal, Added by Dawn, April 24, 2010, 2:26:37 am