How to Draw A Cardinal

Sponsored Links

This tutorial will show you how to draw a cardinal using circles, oval shapes and triangles. If you don't feel comfortable enough to duplicate this cartoon illustration, just give it a try. You will see that this animal is easy to sketch, even for beginners. Let me show you how you could draw this cute animal is just six easy steps.

As you can see on the illustration below, the cardinal is a very colorful animal. It is different from a simple bird because of its black patches around the eyes. The little pointed hair on top of the head is another clue that this is not an ordinary bird.

How to draw a cardinal

Step 1

Great! Let's start this lesson with the creation of the head. You can also add the hair using a small triangle. The shape of the head is closer to an oval than a circle. I like to draw heads using oval shapes. Circles are just too rough, too difficult to work with.

How to draw a cardinal

Step 2

The body can also be represented by a small oval shape. To make the character even cuter, you can illustrate a smaller body (compared to the head). The feet are drawn from straight lines. Once again, tiny feet will only increase the level of cuteness for this cartoon animal.

How to draw a cardinal

Step 3

Nice! This animal is great so far. The wings can be illustrated using long curved lines. Try to draw a line that follows the shape of the body. You can also draw the tail using a square with a large curved line on the bottom. 

How to draw a cardinal

Step 4

Just like all characters from this series, the eyes are made from large circles. These circles must not touch each other, but they should be close enough like seen below. The beak is made from a triangle. You can draw one that is narrow and long.

How to draw a cardinal

Step 5

Once you are done with the previous step, draw the large patches around the eyes by using two more circles. You can also draw the pupils and the effect of lighting inside the eyes by using oval shapes.

How to draw a cardinal

Step 6

That's it! This is the final version of this tutorial on how to draw a cardinal without any colors. Don't hesitate to draw your own version or add colors to the character we just created.

How to draw a cardinal

If you prefer to see all steps at once, you can use the illustration below as a guideline. As you can see, this is not a difficult cartoon animal to draw. Simply practice often and once you are comfortable, creating more characters from the same series should be quite easy.

How to draw a cardinal


Go back to How to Draw Cartoon Animals
Go back from How to Draw A Cardinal to home page





More Characters to Draw Available Here!

Looking for more fun characters to draw? Great! You can now enjoy even more tutorials from my second site called "Axel Dankko". Don't miss the opportunity to work with original drawing lessons not found anywhere else!





9 High Quality Printable Resources for Just $9

Learn how to draw hundreds of adorable cartoon animals and characters using high quality printable resources that are easy and fun to work with. Everything you need to learn how to draw quickly and effectively is included! For just $9, you can get your hands on 9 exclusive e-books and several additional bonuses that will keep you busy for days!


680+ Cartoon Illustrations for Less Than $0.04 Each!

Do you like images available on How-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com? Good news! You can now get creative and enhance your work using the best cartoon characters and animals from this site now! Enjoy the freedom to create unlimited products and copies and get your hands on everything you need to create successful products today!


Perfect Custom Character for a Perfect Price!

It's the best time to enjoy custom cartoon characters that can be used to enhance any project of yours. For as low as $19, I will draw a simple animal or character made from basic elements and filled with gorgeous colors. Don't miss the opportunity to get your hands on an illustration designed and drawn especially for you!