How to Draw Happy Trees with Copic Markers

Randy Hunter | June 27, 2017


Learn how to quickly draw pine, spruce, and fir evergreen trees using Copic markers with this handy video tutorial!

Drawing Trees with Copic Markers

The two primary classifications of trees are deciduous and coniferous. There are exceptions to the rule but to make things easy, deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and winter. Coniferous trees, have needles instead of broad leaves and maintain their leaves (needles) all year long, hence the name “Evergreen”.

I have created three quick video tutorials on evergreen trees. I chose 3 different types of evergreens and used 3 different marker techniques to achieve the end result. The goal of each method is to draw these trees in a quick and easy fashion. I could take my time and draw a more precise, detailed tree but I wanted to show how easy it is to achieve different types of trees with these simple techniques using Copic markers.


The Tools of the Trade

The image below shows all of the colors I used for each tree in this tutorial. For the paper I used the Copic Marker Sketchbook.

Copic Markers Used To Draw Trees

The Pine Tree

Drawing Pine Trees with Copic Markers

With a pine tree, the structure of the tree is usually clearly visible, even if the needles are very dense and thick. Pines can grow very tall and the branches extend outward and will begin to sag as the needle coverage increases. As the branches revolve around the tree they become shorter and shorter as they rise which gives nearly all evergreen trees their triangular shape. 

For the example below I quickly mapped out the structure of the tree and then used a quick flicking motion to represent the needles.

The Spruce Tree

Spruce Trees with Copic MarkersWhile the pine is likely to be a thin and vertical tree, the spruce grows a little wider and fuller. For this method, I used my marker to “paint” the color of the tree. Rather than using only small flicks to create detail, I wanted to get the variation in color to show depth in the body of the tree.

The Fir Tree

Fir Trees with Copic MarkersThe fir is the easiest of the three examples to draw. Lightly draw the shape you desire and then quickly use short flicks in an upward and outward motion to represent the “leaves”. Think of the fir as a fake Christmas tree. It’s a tightly packed, evenly shaped triangle of stubby branches.


If you have any questions or feedback about this tutorial, or requests for trees you would like to see me draw for future posts, please leave them in the comments section below. I love receiving reader input, especially when it involves helping you become a better Copic artist! Thank you!!

 Get other helpful hacks for drawing trees, natural textures, and more from Randy Hunter in the Copic Inspire Gallery


Topics: Illustration, Copic

Randy Hunter
Randy Hunter on June 27, 2017

Randy Hunter is an Associate Architect in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as a Custom Art Business Owner. His primary subject matter includes both color and black and white commissioned portraits as well as landscapes and architectural illustration. Randy received his Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration from Kent State University.