Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Cardinal (Cartoon)" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a small circle for the cartoon cardinal's eye. The other eye is on the other side of the bird's head, so only draw one.
Step 2: Inside the eye, off to the side, draw a tiny circle to represent glare. In the middle of the eye, draw a big dot for the pupil. As you shade in the cardinal's pupil, be careful to not overlap the tiny glare circle.
Step 3: Add the top of the bird's beak by first drawing a sloping line to the left of the eye. At the bottom, draw a wavy line toward the right. Now close off the shape on the right using short strokes for the cardinal's feathers.
Step 4: Now add the bottom part of the cardinal's beak by first drawing another short, sloping line. Then add the short, feather- like strokes on the right side.
Step 5: Starting at the top of the beak, draw a line that slopes to the right for the first part of the cardinal's head. Use a series of short strokes to form the line to give the head a feather- like texture.