How to draw a simple pumpkin spice latte and color it easy tutorial

How to draw a pumpkin spice latte

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to draw a pumpkin spice latte, step by step.

A pumpkin spice latte is one of the most popular Starbucks drinks in the world.

And honestly, it’s one of my personal favorites too.

It’s super easy to draw and so much fun to color!

You can check out all my other kawaii and cute drawing tutorials here.

I’ve also already covered how to draw a pumpkin pie slice in this post if you want more thanksgiving drawing ideas!

I’m going to break this drawing down into very simple shapes so you can draw a nice hot cup of PSL easily!

And because most of the details are in the coloring, the outline is very simple.

This is what you’ll learn to draw:

Color the side of the mug to show the highlight of the mug and you've finished learning how to draw a pumpkin spice latte.

You can use this tutorial to draw a really beautiful mug of pumpkin spice latte for thanksgiving! It makes a great drawing for kids too.

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Please note that I usually use an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create all my illustrations. I use the Procreate app, and I find it super easy to use. You can see this course if you want to learn how to use Procreate.

But you can use any tool – pencils, and paper, coloring pencils or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

Let’s dive in!

How to draw a beautiful Pumpkin Spice Latte – Easy Step by step Tutorial

I am going to be breaking this drawing down into steps so that it’s very easy to draw.

First, let’s start by drawing a simple mug.

I’m going to use a simple U shape to draw the mug – I will draw the inside layer as well since the mug is transparent.

Transparent mugs work great for these festive drinks because it allows us more freedom to color!

Draw the cup first

When drawing the inner layer of the mug, make sure that the line is thinner. This will give it a more realistic look.

Next, I’ll draw the rim of the cup, just draw a slightly curved line on top of the cup to indicate the rim of the cum – perfect for sipping warm drinks!

Draw the rim of the cup

Easy, right?

I am drawing this Pumpkin spice latte in a cartoon style.

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Next, I’ll draw the handle of the cup.

Just draw a simple C shape handle (almost like a human ear) on the side of the mug.

Draw the handle of the mug

Next, I’m going to draw the outline of the nice whipped cream on top of the mug.

Using simple curves, draw the whipped cream – take your time with this. The top part of the cream has to be pointy on the end – to indicate the stiff peak of the whipped cream.

Draw the whipped cream on top of the pumpkin spice latte

Finally, let’s draw 2 cinnamon sticks in the whipped cream to complete our drawing of a pumpkin spice latte.

Draw the cinnamon sticks on top of the cream

We’ve finished drawing the main outline, now we have to color it.

Most of the details lie in the coloring – so we’re going to take out time coloring the pumpkin spice latte.

How to color the pumpkin spice latte

Let’s start by coloring the edges of the cup a very light blue color.

Color the cup of the PSL

Okay, now it’s time to color the drink.

Take a medium brown color and color the whole pumpkin spice latte. If you’re using color pencils, mix orange and brown to get this color.

Color the pumpkin puree and milk

Next, color the top part of the drink a lighter brown- this shows that the whipped cream is mixing with the milk on the top.

Add the foam layer on top of the PSL

Next, color the whipped cream.

I’m using a cream color. You can use a light peace color if you’re using color pencils.

Color the cream

You can make your whipped cream on top of the PSL look more realistic by adding some nice shadows to the whipped cream.

You can add wavy thick shadows like this under each layer of cream to get this effect:

Add more detail to the cream

Next, I’m going to color the cinnamon sticks a very dark brown.

I feel it looks really nice already, but we can add more detail to this pumpkin spice latte to make it look more festive.

Color the cinnamon sticks

I will add the nutmeg and the pumpkin spice in the form of brown dots.

A neat trick is to vary the size of the dots so that it looks real and organic. Make some dots bigger than others.

You can add the dots to the pumpkin drink below the whipped cream too!

Add the pumpkin spice as brown dots

Last, I’m going to draw the maple syrup on top of the cream.

For this, you can use a yellowish orange or just mix yellow and orange to get that nice bright color of the sauce.

Add a wavy line to indicate the maple syrup on top of the pumpkin spice latte

Finally, as a final touch, I’ll add a highlight to the mug on the left side just to show that the cup is infact made of glass.

Color the side of the mug to show the highlight of the mug and you've finished learning how to draw a pumpkin spice latte.


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And we’re done!

We just finished learning how to draw a pumpkin spice latte and color it too!

Conclusion + Drawing Resources

I hope this tutorial was really helpful to you, and that you were able to learn how to draw and color a beautiful mug of pumpkin spice latte.

Yummy food is so much fun to draw!

Drawing food in a cute cartoon style is easy once you break them down into simple shapes, as you can see from this post.

If you’re interested in drawing more cute food, take a look at this book, please!

I have so many tutorials here on drawing cute food, animals and other things. Do check it out!

I will be adding more kawaii drawing tutorials (animals, plants, food, and more) to this blog, so keep a lookout!

In the meantime, check out these really nice books that teach you how to draw cute food!

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