For my celebration of Cuddle Up Day, let’s sketch latte foam art! And yes I know I don’t drink coffee. But swirling some beautiful art in a cup of something warm seemed too perfect not to do….art in a coffee mug! And in three different mediums, so there’s something here for everyone to try out.

Tutorial: How to sketch latte foam art

Make a cup of your fave warm beverage before  you tap play!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Alcohol marker

I used Copics here…. layering colors from the light peach and yellow underneath the coffee browns. The shadow cast on the top of the foam is on the side where the light hits.

Colors: E01 YR23 E35 E33 E29 0

Fresh Brew Class

This brand new class is available (and on sale!) – it’s a level 3 intermediate course, and will show you how to make three awesome cups of coffee using photo references. We’ll talk value, shape, layering, color – and at the end you’ll get lots of coffee cup photos to keep practicing on! SIGN UP FOR CLASS

Colored pencil

Once again layer layer layer! Start light and you can keep adding deeper color til you’re happy.

Colors: 1034 Goldenrod 945 Sienna Brown

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A little less complicated design here since watercolor can be challenging to get all those soft blends; after getting it mostly where you want it, paint over it with a middle tone to push some of the foam under the coffee’s surface.

Colors: Yellow Ochre, Transparent Red Oxide

Zoom call coming up!

Over on Artventure I’ll be hosting a zoom call with some bonus info for those in class (anyone can come, but the zoom will answer some questions left on the cutting room floor.) See the Events tab at Artventure.


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  1. Copic Markers 
  2. Colors: E01 YR23 E35 E33 E29 0
  3. Copic Hex Chart 
  4. Copic sketchbook 
  5. Fresh Brew Class


  1. Prismacolor pencils 
  2. Colors: 1034 Goldenrod 945 Sienna Brown
  3. Prismacolor Hex Chart
  4. Electric Eraser, Mont Marte


  1. Lake Michigan Book Press Sketchaday is custom made with Arches:
    1. Arches Cold Press Pad
    2. Arches Cold Press sheets
  2. Daniel Smith Watercolors: Yellow Ochre. Transparent Red Oxide
  3. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8
  4. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 4 
  5. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Brush – Inlaid Liner (Needle), Size 10 

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