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Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Cardinal" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle as a guide for the top part of the cardinal's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the top right for the cardinal's head and on the lower left for the bird's tail.
Step 2: Draw an arc on the lower left side of the circle as a guide for the second part of the bird's body. Don't make the arc too tall. The resulting shape should be similar to a circle.
Step 3: Draw another circle on the top right side of the cardinal's body as a guide for the head. This circle should be about half the size of the first one. The edges of the two circles should touch.
Step 4: Inside the small circle, draw two intersecting lines. These lines will help you place the facial cardinal's features later on.
Step 5: Draw a small triangle-like shape on the right side of the cardinal's head as a guide for the bird's beak.