Growing up, my mother placed birdseed around the garden to attract songbirds. We saw so many kinds of songbirds that I think they will forever serve as inspiration for me. My favorite, though, remains the iconic cardinal.
With a pencil, lightly draw the shape of a cardinal. Reference wildlife photos to get an idea of the sizing and placement of the feathers, beak, and belly.
Using a large, flat-tipped brush, paint the background a light, dusty blue mixed with a bit of periwinkle. Paint around your cardinal. Go over the background ...