Northern Cardinal, Part Two
When you paint this bird, you'll find that there's a little more to a cardinal than just red and black (but not a lot more).
This is the finished cardinal. There are always little extra touch-ups that you can add, such as refining feather splits and feather edging that may not be as sharp as it could be.
I painted my cardinal with acrylics. Since the Northern cardinal has a basic overall red color, I used a base coat of a light red tone that I created with a red and gesso mix. On this bird, I used red cadmium flat rather than regular Liquitex red cadmium, which has a tendency to gloss up easily. I want to be able to add gloss if the bird I'm working on requires it. Otherwise, I prefer a more matte look to the overall colors. I added the details to the bird with a basic assortment of rounds (brushes) in the #2 to #6 sizes. Cardinals don't have a lot of markings and color tones, so this bird is relatively easy to paint.
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Feb 17, 2021
Is there anyway of getting the pattern for this? The first part is no longer in print.
Feb 21, 2022
I have a copy
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