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How to Draw a Cardinal

Learn how to draw a Cardinal with this easy step by step tutorial. It’s bright red color can make a pretty holiday card.

Cardinal Drawing

If you need a fun winter project that has some built in color appeal, and honors the season more than a specific religion or holiday, you can’t go wrong with cardinals. They have a simple shape with distinctive pointy head and black face, and when set against a snowy sky, always make a charming winter work of art.

My school used to have an annual art fundraiser for the holidays, and having students draw and color or paint a cardinal seemed to always make all the parents happy. We had a pretty diverse student body, so bringing out a nature-themed project always felt like a good solution.

Preview of the step by step Cardinal tutorial



Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Cardinal

  1. Draw a half circle at an angle.

  2. Add a tail.

  3. Draw a wing on top.

  4. Erase inside the wing, and add a face.

  5. Draw tail lines and add two feet.

  6. Draw a branch underneath the feet.

  7. Add another branch above.

  8. Draw a tree line in the background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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