Leave it to a cardinal with their most perfect, beautiful red imaginable to inspire one to pull out their pencil crayons
I often see these guys in the Don Valley trail, and they always make me wish I had a zoom lens to try to capture an image of them. This is the closest I managed to get the other day 🙁
What I didn’t know about cardinals is that they are only here in North America and actually, here in Southern Ontario is the northernmost region of their habitat.
They also don’t migrate, but I suppose we associate them with winter because they obviously pop out in the scenery during this time against the snowy background and bare trees.
Only the males have the vibrant red color and the females are red-tinged brown. They are known for their beautiful songs that they sing back and forth to each other. They are also known to be very territorial and defensive during the Spring and will often aggressively try to fight their own reflection.
Anyways, this is the first time I’ve tried a pencil crayon drawing (well since I was a child, duh), which I decided to do because I got a set of Prismacolors over the holidays. This was definitely a fun subject to start out with.
I was frustrated with my drawing originally because I couldn’t get the colors to look smooth, but then I learned that you can blend the colors by drawing over them with the white crayon, and layering.
I don’t think I did justice to this cute little guys color, but I’m not totally displeased with it either.
Hope you get the pleasure of seeing one of these beauties!