How to Draw Happy Trees with Copic Markers

Posted On: 02/16/17 By: Randy Hunter

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

Evergreen watercolor style trees created 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”.


In the spirit of winter and the fact that it’s 20 degrees outside of my window right now, 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 create 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 quickly.

The Tools of the Trade

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

Handful of natural green Copic art markers for drawing evergreens.


The Pine Tree

Pine tree drawn with watercolor-style 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 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

Simple watercolor style spruce tree drawn with markers


While 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 just wanted to get the variation in color to show depth in the body of the tree.




The Fir Tree

Simple hand drawn fir tree marker drawing technique


The 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

Copie Artist Randy Hunter

About the Artist: Randy Hunter 

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. Find more of Randy's work on his website, Etsy, Instagram or LinkedIn. 

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