Step 11: Under the bird's body, draw a series of short, curved lines for the toes. Use lines similar to the letter C to draw the cardinal's small, curved toes.
Step 12: Under the feet, draw two long lines to give the cardinal somewhere to perch. As you draw the stick, be careful to not overlap the toes. If you'd like, you can draw a few more small lines on the stick for more branches.
Step 13 (optional): At the end of each branch, draw a few small circles for berries. Make the berries different sizes. Don't do more than three per branch or they'll start to look crowded. Near the base of each branch, draw a short line on the top for snow. Make these lines short and wavy to represent snow that collected on the stick.
Step 14: Using a pen or marker, carefully go over the lines to make your cardinal drawing permanent. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser.
Step 15: Color your cartoon cardinal drawing using color pencils, markers or even crayons! First use black to draw an outline around the bird's eye. Then color the inside. Now color the rest of the body red. To get a gradient effect on the eyes, color the top part dark brown and the bottom part light brown. Use yellow or yellow-orange for the cardinal's beak and toes. Use brown and dark brown for the stick. Color the berries red and add a bit of light blue to the snow.