[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Japanese old building landscape / Fun and easy techniques
[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Japanese old building landscape / Fun and easy techniques

Hello, everyone. Shibasaki here. Today, I am here in the old castle town of Otaki-machi in Chiba Prefecture. A number of old buildings remain in this town. I’m going to paint the atmosphere of this town… …with a focus on that grand old-fashioned fireproof building. Relax and enjoy until the end! I’ll go and have fun. Let’s get started then. First draw a rough sketch with a pencil. Well then. Around here, make a rough shape in the center. Then sketch the landscape roughly like a contour-line drawing. There’s quite a bit of traffic in the center of the town. Now that I’ve made a rough sketch… …let’s start painting it. First the sky. Dissolve Yellow Ochre thinly… …and spread the color this way. Add a little Opera Pink to Compose Blue… …to paint the blue sky. I often use such a purplish color to paint roads. Then let’s get to the main subject. Start with dark colors… …in this way. Then this is the important spot. The shady side of the building. See how dark the shady area of the town is? This darkness is the key to this landscape. So the walls of this building are white… …but you need to keep in mind that the shady sides must be painted dark. For the sunny side, leave the paper unpainted. In contrast, the shady areas should be fully painted in dark, cool colors. If it’s not dark enough, add darker tones over the painted area. Now the bright side. If you see something red, use a boldly red color to paint it. I’m using green for this area. Don’t be afraid of using pure colors. This is one of the key tricks for painting beautiful landscapes. This is that sign with white letters. I represent the letters by painting the surrounding area. The physical proximity of the fireproof building can be reinforced if an object in the front is painted. Let’s continue to paint the main object. Pay close attention to the relation between the bright areas and shady areas…
and add details as required. Make sure the objects in the shady areas are rather simplified though. See how it’s coming along? Let me tell you more about this painting. It’ll be difficult if you look too closely at the details of buildings. Look at the actual building. Notice that it has a lot of small stuff. But try to consider the building as a mere box. Because it’s a box, what you need to see is the front side and lateral side. The sun is shining in this direction. The bright side is composed of white walls and something in warmer colors. The shady side here however should be painted mainly in darker, colder colors. Painting will be easier if you see the building as only a box. That is the point. Now that the main object is complete, I’ll just add details to produce the town’s atmosphere. After painting the overall landscape, add pedestrians in the front as well. These are some of the factors essential to show the atmosphere of the town. …An addition of people. And these colorful banners also. Many different things can be found in town. Let’s take a break in the meantime. Today’s snack is… …a sweet potato cake. I’m out of control when it comes to sweets. This is pretty good. After a break, I’m adding other objects that make up the town. Hydro poles for example. Don’t see the hydro pole as an obstacle for painting. Rather positively paint it as one of the factors that compose the town. Add lines… …to represent electric cables by smooth strokes. Doesn’t the landscape look nice with more objects? They help fulfill the painting nicely. What’s that sound? Ah, a fire engine. It’s on patrol because a fire can be a real hazard in the winter. Going back to the hydro poles… …note that farther poles look less clear. Try to use one stroke to paint a pole. Then add the cables. See how they add depth to the landscape? It’s almost done. The sun is going down… …and the shadows are stretching over the road. Let’s take advantage of the shadow to make a change to the wide road. Do you see the shadow makes a cool effect? That’s one of the ways of presentation. Note that the shadow in the front is darker. Now it’s done. So this is it. I’ve painted the landscape with the great fireproof building as the central object. Remember to see a building as a box. One more point. Right here. See how much more detailed the actual object is? But don’t paint too much – simplify the object. Then you can produce depth in the landscape. What did you think? If you find outdoor painting interesting, please like the video and subscribe to the channel. Hi again, Now it’s time for Question and Answer to answer your concerns and questions. Today’s message is from 13-year-old Yuval-san. How young! 13! It’s nice to be young. Yuval says, “What bothers me is that I cannot sing well at school ceremonies.” Oh… “It makes me sad because I love singing.” Wait. Singing at ceremonies? What kind of song does he sing? Does he sing songs with others? I actually love singing. I sometimes sing while teaching my students painting. Funny isn’t it? I believe art and music are the same in terms of rhythm. I love it that much. Well, Yuval-san, you love singing, don’t you? And you can’t sing well in front of others? Why don’t you put up a mirror and try and sing in front of it? If you feel bored singing, then you’ll see yourself looking bored singing. No one wants to see you bored while singing. If you smile while singing, then you in the mirror will smile, which will make an audience smile as well. Songs can easily be shared with others. See how you look when you’re singing first. Then you’ll be gradually able to sing in front of people. Good luck! Well, if you have a concern or anything you want to share with me…, …use an Instagram Direct Message to send it to me. I’ll pick some and answer them in my videos. What did you think? If you find this video interesting, don’t forget to like it and subscribe to my channel. Thank you very much for watching until the end. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Japanese old building landscape / Fun and easy techniques”

  1. Marissa P says:

    Hello Mr. Shibasaki! Thank you so much for always making these videos and teaching us about art! I’d really like to start doing watercolor and this video helped me understand more about depth and shadows – it was really helpful! 🙂

  2. Diego David CHOQUE LIZARBE says:

    それは非常に美しい絵です。あなたには非常に才能があります。私はあなたの水彩絵が大好きです。 🙂

  3. J K says:


  4. Ida Kuisti says:

    your videos make me very calm and happy😊

  5. Cornelia Armstrong says:

    Hi Grandpa👋🏽 ! I just wanted to say that you're such an inspiration. With someone who has anxiety issues, I find your videos very relaxing and calming and your painting are always beautiful. And I pray that you have a good healthy and long life. Great work and blessings! 👍🏽🙏🏽

  6. Amberdreams says:

    I loved watching the painting come to life and your drawing at the start was fascinating. I don't think I've seen someone using circles like that to structure a building/landscape. The looseness was so full of energy.

  7. Diana RV says:

    I appreciate so much that you make small pauses to explain how to make some effects 😊💕 Arigato Shibasaki Sensei!

  8. DrizzleDewy says:

    Wow! This is amazing! I want to try this now! I saw your flower painting video and tried it, but it was not very good! But I felt happy when painting it!

  9. Selanium says:

    So beautiful!!! 🖤

  10. shrek k says:

    So beautiful! Thanks for uploading this video!

  11. AyashiModera says:


  12. Labat.d says:

    How much love and peacfulness in the painting🥰

  13. M's魂 says:


  14. クリンクリン says:

    雰囲気のある土蔵造りの街並みを描くポイントをわかりやすく教えていただきありがとうございます😊💕 難しく考えず箱として捉え、細かい部分は省略して、日なたと日陰をはっきりと、純色も思い切って使うと絵が引き立ちますね💮🎉 でもど真ん中に電柱を入れたり影を暗く塗ったり人物を入れたり…それがなかなかできなくて進歩しません😞 リラックスして楽しんで描くことを心がけようと思います🎶🌸🍀💞

  15. 加藤瑛夢 says:


  16. Elizabeth Hull says:

    This is amazing! I'm always frightened at the idea of live painting public places but this might have just inspired me

  17. mondayasu says:


  18. wendy price says:

    Beautiful! Thank you ❤️

  19. Sharon Hauser says:

    I worry about you being out in the cold, windy weather. Do you ever take photographs and draw and paint from them? Or is that cheating? Anyway, wonderful painting ~ thank you for sharing your process.🎨🙋🏼‍♀️😻

  20. unityManipulator says:

    another beautiful painting, shibasaki-sensei! i think the lesson of "simplify the object" can be applied to life as well! 🙂

  21. jentzi23 says:

    I really enjoyed this. I tend to be scared off bc I'm detail anxious, so actively thinking about simplifying will help. I also enjoyed observing how the power lines were painted so easily and straight.

  22. LEO KIM says:

    I like watching your outdoor painting^😍😍

  23. Katrina says:

    Thank you for another great video,sensei~
    I found your channel recently and was so impressed by your talent and paintings✨🎨Your videos helped me a lot and were very useful! Have a good day and wish a good health💕💕💕

  24. 犬の中の犬 says:


  25. davidnayir says:

    Tottemo kirei to omoimasu.

  26. Emma Levine says:

    so beautiful

  27. lorena gonzales says:

    beautiful work as always! love your videos!

  28. Jes Darling says:

    Ahh your pieces always have such a nice ambience, and it's lovely getting to follow along as you work! The thin layers of color is something I'm still not used to with artwork, but watching you gives me a better idea of how to utilize them. Arigato Shibasaki-san!

  29. undine117 says:

    Wonderful piece, dear Shibasaki-sama! Your sweet and relaxed attitude is the best! Your still and vision is fantastic!

    Take a lot of care, be happy and well! Thanks for sharing your advices! 🙂

  30. Sunshine says:

    Lovely painting! I’d like to paint more buildings from life, thank you!

  31. Cats are2cute says:

    You are very talented! I follow your tutorials everyday because they are very easy to follow and understand.Thankyou so much for sharing your talent!ありがとー🌸

  32. Rajat Guin says:

    Please speak in english,….

  33. NadrianATRS says:

    私は嫉妬しています! 完璧すぎる!😮

  34. suki Art says:


  35. Hello May says:

    Arigato for your wisdom and soothing painting Shibasaki-san.

  36. Crystal Yee says:

    Wow this is so wonderful! I want to go outside aswell to paint and do some urban sketching! My friends that do watercolor invite me from time to time but im scared to over do sketches and painting and i think ill never have the time to finish a painting. I'll remember your tips grandpa sensei so i could go outside and paint aswell 😀

  37. mara.iara says:

    Grandpa Shibasaki-sensei, does that hat mean that we can someday buy "Watercolor by Shibasaki" hats and shirts? 😱🙏🏾🖌️

  38. 陳珍珍 says:

    僕もです( ^ω^ )

  39. Mariana Mendoza says:

    So pretty!! I absolutely loved this. ❤️ please do more!

  40. K Anderson says:

    This makes me want to run out and paint right now! Thanks for the painting advice, as always 💖💖

  41. Altina Leheran says:

    I really love your paintings!
    Thank you so much for share them with us Shibasaki-sensei ♡♡♡♡

  42. Irina Komarnitsky says:

    Super klass!

  43. Helena B says:

    Thank you, very good form for your videos, live in japanese streets, painting landscapes and then some questions…spend time with you its very nice and interesing. Sorry for my english… very bad but i say it with 💙!

  44. катя says:


  45. Nataliya Radeva says:

    Excuse my curiosity, but what kind of Temple is that? Which God is worshiped there? It is interesting to me, please!…

  46. Kiran says:


  47. 6A19麥清瑤 says:


  48. 6A19麥清瑤 says:


  49. Angelica Alexander says:

    Thank you so much for these videos! They're perfect to watch before I got to bed because they're so calming. <3

  50. カミカワGT R86 says:


  51. Cate Cimarelli says:

    "I'm out of control when it comes to sweets" Me too, me too…

  52. Mr. White says:

    Nic nie rozumiem po japońsku, ale i tak mi się podoba:)

  53. hiloco 313 says:


  54. kyxnseo says:

    i really love it so much when you do outdoor painting–it is so fun and calming to watch and you give such good advice. 書くのが教えて楽しいビデオをしてありがとうございます!!♡☆☆

  55. E.E GAME START says:


  56. E.E GAME START says:

    おじいちゃん!良い一日を。 私はまだ家の絵に苦しんでいます。

  57. Anamaria S. says:

    OmG..! How amazing..!🖤
    Loved it,!!!, 🖤🖤🖤

  58. Calvin Tai says:

    Are you selling these art pieces? They look amazing.

  59. s es says:



  60. Meda Halmaciu says:

    Love it! I hope I can be courageous enough to do plain air painting one day.

  61. TsukiAvocado says:


  62. Sonia Bueno Affonso says:

    Sir, I do enjoy your comments about young Yuval, the singer. And think like you that music and painting are inseparable because both are ART. Who love one, loves all Art expressions.

    As for today's painting, the old castle has to say that I watched the video (this and many others) a few times to understand how you simplify drawing, and that's my biggest difficulty. I need to learn and practice synthesis to improve my paintings, which end up being hard, lifeless, very informative and above all very realistic.
    Thank you very much to share your knowledge.
    Best regards
    Sonia, Brazil🇧🇷

  63. とてもやん says:


  64. Emily Glossop says:

    I’ve always avoided landscapes but your tutorial was very patient and built upon the scene piece by piece and was easy to follow.

  65. taiwick chang says:

    Very enjoyable your new video , I love both parts very well, and so happy to watch this often as it helps me easy my mind !
    Thank you my dear Shibasaki!

  66. monamooona33 تصميم كرتون وموشن جرافيك says:

    Hello ,, I sent you a message to your e-mail, can you see it and reply to me about it, thank you ,,

  67. Bev V says:

    Beautiful painting, wonderful lesson! Now I just need to keep my brain from wanting to paint all the details I see!

  68. Katie Costello says:

    There are so many old buildings in my town, I hope I can eventually paint them as well as you.

  69. Дарья Колчанова says:

    Excellent as always! Thank you so much for your videos :D!!!

  70. ノチュ says:


  71. Yvain Callipso says:

    Personally my biggest problem with painting is that I overthink things. It is amazing how you make your beautiful work look effortless!

  72. doctorworms says:

    really helpful tips! it was awesome watching you draw something in front of you, seeing the difference between object and painting :D!

  73. Kamala 7 says:

    It’s a great painting. I’m impressed by your lack of fear when it comes to imperfect lines and adding objects that cut right through the rest of the painting. Those are somethings I’m still working on, thank you for inspiring me 😀

  74. Artistic Assassin says:

    Arigato i dont usually watch watercolor on videos but i must say i going to continue doing so XD love your video and the art is so beautiful i need to paint °U°

  75. X V says:

    Shibasaki is a great teacher! Your advice is very helpful and I always learn new things to try in my art 🙂
    I enjoy your videos tremendously because it feels like I'm right there, following along with you. Thank you very much for your wonderful videos! ☺️💮

  76. Erkin Yılmaz says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and instructive video Mr Shibasaki. Love your watercolor 🌹😊

  77. Fog smog says:

    The areas more beautiful now captured, much more lively

  78. gildersleevee says:

    Outside painting is some of my favorite times. I find it very challenging getting a good spot and dealing with wind and bugs. I loved it when you showed us framing your view with your fingers. I use that technique a lot, and felt silly all the time I would do it, It really helps me focus on what to put into the painting while outdoors. My eyes take in so much of the way I am facing, from the top of the sky, to the bugs at my feet. I have even cut out small squares in the middle of grey heavy paper, and move it away and closer to my eyes to help get the idea of what goes into the size of paper I am using. Just watching you paint in all conditions I learn so much, and sometimes, you reinforce that what I am doing is alright, and not something Odd that only I do while painting. Bless you, and be health and happy this new year. Until we talk again. Cheers from Michigan USA.

  79. 柿谷列 says:


  80. T G says:

    I loved watching this! I'm really into the idea of painting one's urban surroundings, so I hope you will consider doing more like this! Thank you.

  81. 氷と金icy and kin says:

    Wow that's so pretty! I wish I can colour like you someday…😁

  82. youji konishi says:


  83. G. Orozco says:

    thank you as always for your lovely videos, I'm a new subscriber and I look forward to many more videos and old ones i can catch up on!

  84. Mobile Samsung says:

    Can have your gmail.

  85. Yayo Miyamoto says:

    先生 有り難う御座います。字幕で更に良くわかり勉強になつています。

  86. Rose Crooks says:

    I love old buildings! Thank you for a lovely video

  87. 兰白 says:

    Thanks again for sharing your experience of painting. Its really helpful to see how you trqnsfer the real view into a art. Its intereing to see how you think during painting and what colours you choose to using.

  88. Annika Lim says:

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and teaching us!

  89. Рэй Винсент says:

    ahh this is so magical
    i love Shibasaki's eye for the main details, and the mood is instantly caught in the sketch

  90. manu says:

    i love this video! thank you for filming it, i hope to become as good as you!! 💫💫

  91. 一度にナナク says:



  92. M.N. Brrn says:

    I love the painting and love the question and answer at the end! Thank you! 😀

  93. R R says:

    Watching Shibasaki-san painting is pure wisdom, looking at the main topic of what you're painting and the atmosphere around it's an awesome tip, it makes painting fun as it should be and not stressing as when you focus in details, and besides he takes his time for his snack, thank you Shibasaki-san.

  94. mai says:

    as someone learning to put a little more detail into my art, i like the reminder to 'simplify the object'. detail is all well and good, but it's important for art to be able to speak for itself! thank you for the lesson today, shibasaki sensei.

    and for young yuval-san, don't stress too much! to sing is to be human, and a lot of people have trouble singing in front of people. you are not alone! please continue to practice so that your voice can reach many more people!

  95. Silvith Tello says:

    I love how it slowly starts to take form o: !!! It's very impresive

  96. Andrea B says:

    I'm new to your channel and found that I learned a lot from one video!
    You say a lot of wise words and I love how you answer a question at the end to help others.
    <3 <3

  97. Troika says:

    🤗 thank you for your videos (a little hello from 🇷🇺)

  98. Siviria its me says:

    i feel less stressed out after watching, i love how relaxing watching those videos is


    You are an inspiration!! I watched tow Japanese movies "like father like son" そして父になる Chichi ni Naru by Hirokazu Kore-eda and "Sweat bean" あん bu Naomi Kawase!!! I know of course Kurosawa movies, and I have in cd the "Tokyo Story" but I enjoyed these very much I have 3 more movies to watch!!!Thank you!!

  100. Antonia M says:

    This is some kind of magic no one teaches you about. Arigatou, Shibasaki-san!

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