How To Draw A Cardinal

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!

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 1

Step 1

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.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 2

Step 2

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.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 3

Step 3

Erase your overlapping lines, and draw a small triangular beak sitting next to the cardinal’s eye.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 4

Step 4

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.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 5

Step 5

Draw a triangular shape extending down the back of the cardinal to form its wing.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 6

Step 6

Inside the triangular wing shape, draw several lines running along it to form some feather detail.

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 7

Step 7

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.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 8

Step 8

Just like the cardinal’s wing, draw several lines in the tail to suggest long feathers.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 9

Step 9

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.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 10

Step 10

Next, draw two thin legs extending out from the bottom of the cardinal’s body, touching the stick.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 11

Step 11

Lastly, draw a few thin toes at the end of the cardinal’s legs wrapping around the shape of the branch.

 

How To Draw A Cardinal Step 12

Step 12

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!