Draw a Starbucks Pink Drink with Me in Procreate

Draw a Starbucks Pink Drink with Me in Procreate

This week, let’s draw a Starbucks Pink Drink in Procreate. I know you’ve seen a lot of those liquify videos on social media. So I thought it might be fun to create a pink drink design and show you how using Liquify will make your creamy iced coffee look a little more realistic.

What I Use to Draw A Starbucks Pink Drink in Procreate

This tutorial uses the following:

  • An iPad. I am currently using the Gen 3 12.9 inch iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate App – We are using 5.2 at the time of filming
  • I’ll use the Technical Sketch pencil that comes with Procreate
  • And, I’ll be using my Colo Mono brush to fill colors It’s my go-to inking brush. And, you can find it in my Colorado Procreate brush set.

Draw A Starbucks Pink Drink in Procreate

Step 1 – Sketch Out Your Art

  1. I’m using a square canvas for this artwork, specifically 4000 x 4000 pixels, and 300 DPI so I can make a sticker of this later.
  2. Using the sketch pencil I’m going to sketch out an iced coffee design. Sketching does not have to be perfect. It’s really to give you an idea of your artwork and you can mess up and redo as much as you like.
  3. And to help me do a little more even artwork I’m going to turn on Symmetry. I’ll be using this just like I did in my Folk Art Bee tutorial if you’d like to check that out.
  4. I’ll draw the sides, the oval tops. Get used to drawing everything on different layers so you can move things around and easily erase away sections you need to do that with.
  5. When you’re done, merge your sketch layers into one layer and turn down the opacity so you can use it to line art on top of it.

Step 2 – Add Color

  1. Using my Colo Mono brush and a new layer I’m going to ink my art. I usually use black for this and then when I’m done I’ll recolor my line art. So we’ll do that at the end.
  2. Next, turn on reference by tapping the line art layer. Then, on a new layer underneath start adding color. I usually do a new layer for each color.
  3. For my pink drink, I’m going to use various colors of pink. You can download the swatch I’m using in Procreate over at the Vault. I’ll start by dragging the second to lightest pink to the areas of my cup.
  4. Then, I’ll take my Colo Mono as an eraser and erase a wavy line at the top.

Step 3 – Creating That Coffee Look

  1. On a new layer above the pink layer, I’ll begin using a large Colo Mono brush and start drawing swirls of the various pinks in my palette. Once I’m happy I will then start to create that swirly creamy coffee look.
  2. Next, tap on the Adjustments tool and choose Gaussian Blur. I’m doing a slight blur first.
  3. Next, tap on the Adjustments tool again and choose LIquify. Note my settings here for Twirl Right. Size: 75%, Pressure: Max, Distortion: 30%, Momentum: 83%
  4. I’ll go ahead and use my Apple Pencil to push the coffee around.
  5. Finally, I’ll tap back on the Adjustments layer and I’ll give it a little more gaussian blur.
  6. When I’m done I’ll tap on that layer and choose Clipping Mask onto the Pink coffee layer.

Step 4 – The Ice

  1. For this, I made a Procreate brush you can use! Download it in the Vault.
  2. After you install the brush, on a new layer tap around using white.
  3. I will adjust the opacity of this layer and then duplicate it and rotate it.
  4. The back layer of ice will generally be lighter.
  5. When happy clip these layers to your coffee using the Clipping Mask feature.

Step 5 – Draw the Strawberries

  1. Using my Colo Mono brush, I will use the darker red/pink color and on a new layer I will draw out little heart-shaped strawberries. Don’t worry about them going off the edges, we’ll clip them all when done.
  2. Next, I’ll work my way down the color palette two more times. Using the Soft Airbrush in the default Air Brush Procreate palette I’ll create a gradient effect on my strawberries.
  3. Then, on a new layer, I’ll clip to the strawberry layer, I’ll use the darker red/pink color and choose Multiply and begin drawing little flecks around the edges.
  4. When the strawberries are done I’ll merge them into one layer and then choose Clipping Mask to put them in the cup.
  5. I will move the strawberry layer below the first ice layer and make any opacity adjustments to my liking.
  6. Now we’ll want to make the strawberries look like some are smooshed up against the cup. Using that soft airbrush with WHITE, we’ll first tap on that strawberry layer and choose Layer Mask. Note the little box next to the thumbnail? Start painting with the white brush on the edges of your strawberries. The layer maks means you don’t mess up your strawberries! If you hate what you did, remove the layer mask. No erasing away your hard work!

Step 6 – Straw and Finish

  1. On a new layer above the line art, drag in a white or even light gray fill and choose a clipping mask to your line art. This allows you to change the color to something you like easily.
  2. Then, on a new layer, using the green color from the palette, using your Colo Mono brush, draw a straw down the center of your cup.
  3. Duplicate this layer and turn off the top layer.
  4. On the active straw layer, reduce the opacity so it looks like you’re seeing it through the cup.
  5. Then, erase away the top portion (you could use Layer Masks here if you want).
  6. Repeat the process for the top layer straw and remove the bottom area.

And there you have it! Now you too can make fun coffee drinks in Procreate!

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About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe


  1. Frances Peets on August 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Where can I find easy tutorials for beginners on your site? Thank you.

    • Holly McCaig on August 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Frances, click on BLOG and then look for Procreate Tutorials as the category in the drop down. We don’t have them tagged for skill level.

  2. Alcina on September 22, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I am able to download the zip file from the vault. But when ever I try to open the file it is just a data file and I can not use anything.

    • Holly McCaig on September 23, 2021 at 9:25 am

      These are for the Procreate app. Once you unzip you won’t be able to see anything until you put the two files into Procreate. Once is a .brush file and one is a .swatch file. They worked for me just now.

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