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Easy How to Draw a Cardinal Tutorial and Cardinal Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Cardinal and a Cardinal Coloring Page. The bright red color against a snowy blue can make a very pretty drawing any time of year.

A drawing of a cardinal, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

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 learning how to draw a cardinal. 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.

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A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy cardinal, also available as a free download.

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A drawing of a Cardinal, which can be saved on Pinterest.

Cardinal Coloring Page

Cardinal Coloring page, available as a free download.

Materials for a Cardinal Drawing

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.

How to Draw a Cardinal Bird Step by Step

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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