Welcome, to the tutorial on how to draw a cardinal step by step, this is going to be a very easy illustration for you to follow. Before heading towards the tutorial you must know few facts about the Cardinals. They termed redbirds because of their color and sunflower seeds are a favorite food.
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Cardinals are the most famous bird of Northern America, they are depicted as mascots by many sports organizations and the official state bird of 7 states in America. They are also part of many artworks and featured as cartoon characters in many series.
Get ready with paper, pencil, and eraser, as I always say draw with light lines so that you can rectify it easily. Always feel free to use an eraser and your own drawing skill. Go through our other birds drawings too as: how to draw a dove, how to draw an owl.
How to Draw a Cardinal
Step 1: Draw an angled half-circle as given in the below illustration.
Step 2: Draw the tail of the bird using 2 lines enclosed with zig-zag lines.
Step 3: Draw a wing on the middle of the drawn semi-circle. For this draw an elongated shape with crooked lines.
Step 4: On the right top corner draw a curve first then draw a small dot-like circle inside it and a triangular beak.
Step 5: For more details draw 3 lines in the tail and 2 legs with 2 fingers as shown in the image.
Step 6: Draw a branch below the bird which is further bifurcated into 2.
Step 7: Draw another branch with 3 bifurcations.
Step 8: Draw borderline for green area and land as depicted in the image below.
Step 9: Trace the drawing with a marker and color your cardinal with red, tree branches with brown, sky with sky blue, and green for grass.
Draw cartoon Cardinal or Angry bird
Few cartoon series depicted cardinal bird as angry birds, they knows for the teamwork so are the cardinals. Teamwork is one of the reasons for use by sports clubs. Below are the simple steps on how to draw an angry bird.
Step 1: Draw a big circle with a long mark little right to the diameter.
Step 2: Above the circle draw another semi-circle and a mark from the centerline to form beak.
Step 3: On the top of the image draw 2 elongated shapes as in the image below and form a beak by joining another line to it. Draw 2 angled lines from the center mark as an outline for the eyes.
Step 4: Draw 2 another angeled line and form rectangular eyes. From the end of the beak draw a curve.
Step 5: Draw 3 tails on the back of the cardinal, 2 eyes below the eyebrows, and 2 lines below it.
Step 6: Draw large circles around the eyes and a curved line going through the beak.
Step 7: Darken the outlines with a marker or dark pencil and fill the eyebrows with black color.
Step 8: Erase the extra lines and guidelines, specially drawn for the centerline.
Step 9: You can color it red or leave it with an outline. The choice is yours, refer to the image given below.
Step by step cardinal drawing: