In today’s tutorial we will be learning how to draw a cardinal. Cardinals are birds that are found all throughout North and South America and are famous for their bright red feathers. They’re a welcome sight during winters in the North especially, where their red feathers pop out against the white snow. So, get your pencils ready and let’s learn how to draw a cardinal!
To get our cardinal started, we will first need to draw a large wedge-shape. Think of it as a capital “D” that is tipped on its side.
Next, draw a triangular shape on the top corner of the wedge shape, and put a small circle in the center. This will become the basic outline of the cardinal’s head.
Erase your overlapping lines, and draw a small triangular beak sitting next to the cardinal’s eye.
Next, draw a jagged outline around the cardinal’s beak. This will become a black patch of feathers later on. Also, add some feather detail to the top of the cardinal’s head.
Draw a triangular shape extending down the back of the cardinal to form its wing.
Inside the triangular wing shape, draw several lines running along it to form some feather detail.
Next, draw the cardinal’s long tail extending outward behind the bird. The tail should be a little thicker near the body, and thinner toward the tip of the tail.
Just like the cardinal’s wing, draw several lines in the tail to suggest long feathers.
Now we need to give our cardinal somewhere to perch. Draw a large stick or branch underneath your bird as shown in the image. You can feel free to make the branch as bumpy or smooth as you want.
Next, draw two thin legs extending out from the bottom of the cardinal’s body, touching the stick.
Lastly, draw a few thin toes at the end of the cardinal’s legs wrapping around the shape of the branch.
Now we need to give our cardinal some color. Of course, no cardinal would be complete without some bright red feathers. And that’s that! I hope you enjoyed learning how to draw a cardinal with me. If you did, be sure to check out the rest of our tutorials, and share on social media. Happy drawing!