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 above, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you prefer to see all steps at once, you can use the illustration above 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 below should be quite easy.