Northern cardinal is the state bird of Virginia.
I have seen them around
Red and black
Time to play with paper, try to find the bird in it
The first version
(They traveled to New York and Ohio)
A few weeks later,
Looking at them again
I am not happy
I simplify it
The head itself is enough to say “Northern Cardinal”, I think
The rest should be simple
A few small studies
A long tail
Legs or no legs?
(2 skinny legs come from parts of the paper that form the wings in the first version)
For now I keep the legs
They lift the bird up and make it lighter.
Here is a rough diagram,
A little gift for you
I hope you will come up with your own variations