Other than coffee, Starbucks is known for their annual tradition of releasing seasonal drinks accompanied by new holiday cups. While this year’s cups may have debuted in a sea of controversy, with Starbucks releasing their first cup that isn’t colored red, what caught the viral bug is this 22-year-old artist’s cup illustrations.
Better photo of my #GiveGood starbucks cup ❤ I realized my previous photo was a wee bit dark 😅 i love lots of details but might make another, sinplified cup art for this holiday season 🌸Thank you again, @starbucks for this opportunity and the little care package with art supplies and coffee! #starbucks #starbuckscupart #sharpie #marker #starbuckscoffee
We’re mega impressed with the creativity of Carrah Aldridge, a self-taught illustrator hailing from Ohio, who creates gorgeous, intricate hand-drawn art with coloring supplies on the coffee giant’s iconic paper cups. Known as Creative_Carrah on Instagram, her gallery showcases all of her artwork, with an impressive number of more than 80,000 fans following her artsy feed.
After posting this fancy monochrome 16oz cup artwork on Reddit, Carrah responded to a user’s question that each illustration can take anywhere from four to sixteen hours for completion, depending on the complexity of the design. Respect.