[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Winter rural landscape / Fun and easy techniques
[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Winter rural landscape / Fun and easy techniques

Hello everyone! Shibasaki here. It’s still January and cold outside today! In this cold weather, I’d like to paint this desolate wintery landscape with its dried-up plants beautifully. This is where the usual rural landscape can be viewed. So, today’s main theme will be the vast pastoral scenery
in a wintery atmosphere. These rice patties are normally all green. But the view is totally different only in the winter. The entire scenery is dominated
by the soft Ochre and Umber colors. This is my favorite season. It makes the landscape look gorgeous! The contrast between the bright field and dark trees is also very inspiring as figurative art. Let me prepare for painting now. Now I’m ready. Let’s start painting! I’ve finished my rough sketch. Let me describe it for you. When you draw the landscape where a vast area like this rice field spreads, first draw the line where the vast area ends. When you know where the land ends, it’s easy to understand how the field is configured. This dike here, for example. The line extending from the dike reaches this point. The line from this dike also ends here. The lines from the ridges of the field also lead to the same point. Such large rules become obvious in the picture. I’ll also draw these shining puddles more than
they actually are and use them as focal points. So that’s what I’m aiming at. Start with the sky as usual. It’s actually cloudy, but use these bright colors and blend them
on the surface to make them look natural. Use the wet-in-wet technique for clouds. These are the puddles. This Ochre color represents the dried-up rice field. Paint the distant mountains in bluish gray
with a fuzzy silhouette. I see some buildings in the distance. These are left unpainted to take advantage
of the whiteness of the paper. The dry-brush technique for these trees. And add the dark forest here. Make it as dark as possible by using a lot of colors. Oh!? it’s started raining. That’s a problem. Let’s just go home! I’ll see you later! Well, it started raining, and I’m going to paint the rest of the paining at my atelier. These are the pictures I took at the site… …from different angles. Now I’m going to paint the rest
by using these photos as references. Here I go. The dark forest should look like this. In order to reinforce the color and brightness of the wintery rice field, this dark forest is essential. Use different colors over already-painted areas
to add the depth to the landscape. See how it looks? Use a variety of colors. And here you can see the freshly cultivated soil. Among the fresh soil, brightly shining puddles are represented. Dry-brush and some scratching techniques. For a depth effect, use darker tones of color and more details
in the areas closer to the viewer. See how painting more colors over painted areas… …will add depth and brightness to the shining puddles? Time for a snack! It’s a waffle today! Gooood! Recalling the landscape
I saw earlier today over sweets… And start again. In the front, these are the rice stalks remaining
the after harvest. Meticulous attention to these stalks makes
the painting interesting. Paint like patting with a split brush end. What do you think? It’s starting to look real, isn’t it? Add colors to some of the far houses and erase unnecessary lines. I’ll just add a guy who’s having
a look around his field. See how he looks? Don’t you think a person is a nice
addition to the landscape? After some more details are added, it’s done! So I ended up finishing this paining at my atelier. It was cloudy when I was leaving home
this morning, and I wondered if it would rain. Like I anticipated. But it happens a lot during outdoor painting. If it starts raining, just take a picture like I did
and finish the painting at home. Don’t hesitate to go out. It is also important to determine the theme for painting. Today’s theme was the color of this desolate
wintery landscape. Discover the beauty of the Ochre and Umber colors
of such landscapes and focus on painting them. It’s important to reproduce the theme colors
in the painting…, …but I also added large puddles and
a person to accentuate the landscape. You don’t have to paint the landscape
as is at the site…, …but you can make some creative changes
by emphasizing what you’ve found interesting and by adding something unique. That’ll make your outdoor painting more fun. Now it’s time for the Question and Answer corner. Today’s message is from… let’s see… …Romaniannerd-san. Romaniannerd-san. Your question is, “I’m wondering if you can use gouache like clear watercolor paint if you add enough water.” If you can use gouache by dissolving it in water… Yes, you can! Yes, you can. You can also use acrylic paint in the same way. But each type of paint is made to best serve its purpose. You can use gouache like watercolor paint… …but the grains of gouache pigment are coarse
compared to that of watercolor paint. Gouache functions the best when is
dissolved to a creamy state. It can be dissolved and used like watercolor paint… …but I don’t think it exceeds
the beauty of watercolor paint. But it may make the painting interesting. If you consider it a type of art, I think it’s fun to try using gouache like watercolor paint. Just try! So that’s the question of the day. So, what did you think? If you find today’s discussion interesting, please like it and subscribe to my channel. I’ll see you next time then!

100 thoughts on “[Eng sub] Best watercolor sketching /Winter rural landscape / Fun and easy techniques”

  1. Alexandra Kruth says:

    I haven't been able to paint anything at all for almost half a year because I have schoolwork so I really miss it. But when I watch you it makes me feel much better and I become more determined to draw a lot when I have free time again!

  2. G. Orozco says:

    I love that winter is your favorite season! It's so optimistic, normally most people dislike winter. Beautiful painting Shibasaki-san, arigatou ♥️

  3. shorea27 says:

    The painting looks better than the real thing.

  4. StuePitt says:

    Winter happens to be my favourite season, Mr. Shibasaki. I think, your painting captured the cozy side of a winter day very well. The way you incorporated all these colours to make the grey look more interesting is a great technique. All in all a very relaxing video, I enjoyed it a lot!

  5. Azuan Redup says:

    Hallo Mr shibasaki very good inspiration landscape
    I also want know when area at japan are you stayed …. but may be I came at japan shine yamaghuci February

  6. mamo shino says:


  7. Bev V says:

    You turn just so-so landscapes into works of beauty! I love your videos and your smile. And thumbs up on the question and answer segment!

  8. 슈가もん* says:


  9. Frostee says:

    Even in winter Japan is so beautiful! Your art captures it perfectly! Thank you for such a wonderful video once again!

  10. PrettyNailsDesigns says:

    Wonderful work ❤️

    I use gouache a lot lately. I paint portraits with it. I dissolve it until watercolor consistency for a hazey background. It is harder to work with dissolved gouache than with water color, but it is interesting to try

  11. Asia R says:

    This was such a pleasure to watch. As a watercolor artist, I actually am not typically a fan of loose, traditional style paintings; however, watching the way you blocked out shapes, added textures and emphasized color in a bleak landscape setting was really inspiring. I also really appreciate, not only the composition of your piece, but the composition of your video! It was very cute and entertaining! Wonderful job!! 🤩

    Edit: I'm also a beginner in learning Japanese so it's cool to combine my favorite medium and listening comprehension for a language I'm learning!

  12. MOMORING ch says:


  13. Marta López Iriarte says:

    Hi Shibasaki!!. Como siempre interesante y divertido. Me han dado muchas ganas de salir al campo a pintar, eres todo inspiración!! Muchas gracias por compartir u mostrarnos tu sabiduría y tus aventuras. Un abrazo. 🌹

  14. paulgonzales18 says:

    I learned a lot today. Thank you mr. Shibasaki!

  15. kyb01044 says:

    I always enjoy your video. Thank you very much, Shibazaki sense. I usually listen to your own voice without Engish subtitles but today I was reading the English subtitles and amazed how accurate they are. I don't know who did this, good job! Thank you.

  16. Arte A-2 says:

    Dear Professor Shibasaki: Since I discovered your beautiful channel, I am increasingly amazed and that it is good for the soul to have the possibility to see it every day. I am also a painter, I love animalism and I also love landscaping, I love every subject related to great art of painting and great art of drawing. You, dear Master, is a Wonderful example of love for this great art and your talent is full of warm strokes and beautiful interpretations.Many thanks for sharing with us so much beauty !!! Cordial and grateful greetings from distant Argentina! Elba 🙂

  17. Wakeuptired says:

    I really love watching this technique! Often when I paint over a sketch, I find myself more coloring in the sketch than actually painting with texture. This gave me inspiration for my next piece! Thank you!

  18. Debra Ruffino says:

    You have the cutest granddaughter! That was the cutest thing when she came into the room! Thank you Shibasaki-san for sharing and teaching your wonderful work, and sharing with us a touch of your personal life.

  19. LourdesRD Massai says:

    Thank you Master Shibasaki! Beautiful painting! 👋☺

  20. The Biggest NerdyNerd says:

    Oh my gosh! I can't believe my question got answered! I thought it was gonna be lost on the ocean of questions. This literally made my day! Thank you so much for the advice, mister Shibasaki!

  21. Molly De Winter says:

    I love these outdoor videos!

  22. TATA TATA says:

    Картина называется «Шибасаки убегает от дождя». Атмосферно и гармонично

  23. A Guy says:

    Mr. Shibasaki, you are a delight to watch. Thank you!

  24. RhondaG Designs says:

    I like your cute little red car.

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  27. アウル says:

    12:28 かわいい!

  28. AlphaWolf says:

    I love this beautiful work, so calming. It will be nice to have a video where you go through the sketchbook of yours and see all the different drawings you have.

  29. mondayasu says:


  30. コバディ Cobuddy Sansbuddy says:

    おはようございます🤗 冬枯れの田園てこんなにも美しかったんですね!今まで生きてきて気づかなかった素晴らしいものを、気づかせていただきました🥰 明暗のコントラストはとても大事ですね!写真を見ながら描くと、その通りに描いてしまいがちなんですが、それではやっぱりダメですよね…😓 人物を入れたり、電車も入れてみたり、工夫が必要だと思いました。どうもありがとうございました🙏😊💕 今日も良い一日でありますように🍀🌸🎶✨🤗

  31. Chiewere says:

    Master! I love hearing your explanations, and I always wondering how can you convert a quite simple theme to a gorgeous painting. I would like to know your secret, of course you have at least 50 years experiences and I paint since just two years regularly 🙂 Thank you so much for your teaching.

  32. rock hill says:


  33. Redrose Setantii says:

    Beautiful and insightful as always 🥰 Thank you 🙏

  34. Ernst says:

    I love how the lines of the landscape draws the eyes to the middle mountain and the dark forrest, very good choice for a painting!

  35. Rocío Cruz says:

    This painting looks awesome!!I really Love the Waterlogue you add people to a landscape,DEAR MASTER SHIBASAKI!🤭🤩🥰

  36. dori2mama says:


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  38. katherine finke says:

    I'm always so pleased to see a new tutorial by you. Thank-you for sharing your process, knowledge and talent. I learn something new every time. I like the questions and answers, also.💕

  39. Arkady Romanov says:

    Shibasaki san, your camera placement is getting better so it is much easier to see what you are doing when painting outside. Thank you for continuing to improve. You are one of the best at showing what you do outdoors effectively. Thanks for sharing with us

  40. Shofargirl1 says:

    Lovely, thank you! GOD BLESS YOU!

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  42. Sharon Hauser says:

    The land appeared desolate until you did your magic; now it looks quite beautiful to my eye. You should take a screen-shot of yourself as you left your cute car and waved to us ~ then do a painting of it for us! It would make me happy if I had it on my wall,🙋🏼‍♀️💐💖

  43. Sachie Reid says:

    絵が素敵なのはさておき、こんどはどんな美味しいものがバツグから出てくるか、興味しんしんです 😁

  44. さんずらぴ says:


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  46. Susan Hemion says:

    Thank you for this very interesting and enlightening video. I learn more every time I watch. Many thanks 🙏

  47. AvaeleDarkblade says:

    Hearing your thoughts process behind the painting is so helpful. Thank you for sharing with us. Also, that waffle looked delicious 😆

  48. ハイジ says:


  49. Pink Lady Fan says:

    I would love to be able to buy a cap with your Channel's name on it You should have merch for sale.

  50. Fran Egui says:

    Beautiful landscape, delicious snack and excellent recommendations. Thanks, sensei.

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  52. Ana Arce says:

    I am not that good at painting, but I enjoy your videos, Mister Shibasaki, because they are really entertaining and they teach me many things about watercolor that I didn't really know before, you are an amazing teacher. Truly, one of the greatest creators out here on YouTube.

  53. 超無課金大好き! says:


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  57. クリンクリン says:

    冬は色がなくて描く所がないとマイナス思考でしたが、冬枯れの風景もこんなにも素敵な絵になるんですね⛄😄 アンバーやオーカーに明るい色を加えたり💖💮人物を入れたり🙋色々工夫することで寒い季節もスケッチに出掛けることが楽しみになりました🎶👍 現場で描き切れない時は写真を撮ってきて部屋の中で描いてもいいんですよね😉 おやつを持って🍩スケッチ旅をどんどん楽しもうと思います🍎🍓🍙

  58. Lazy Cat Productions says:

    Thank you for the video very relaxing I’m so happy ur feeling better 😁

  59. ki 4 says:


  60. Linnea Ritland says:

    Aaah, so charming!!

  61. Hime Tan says:

    I loved this landscape painting, grandpa 💕 soon after vacations I will get back to practicing watercolor while watching your videos 🌻

  62. Tenebra says:

    I can't stop smiling whenever I watch your videos. They're filled with so much positive energy.
    Stay warm, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us ♡

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  66. 無一郎 says:


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  70. KurtisKurt says:

    12:28 I notice the girl in the background

  71. Ivan Pavloff says:

    It's a gift to be able to see the beauty in everything ♥️

  72. Orang Hitam says:


  73. Ohjo Lala says:

    Sensei no oyatsu time wa hontoni kawaiii 😆💕✨🍵 sensei no painting wa tottemo utsukushii desu 🥰❤️

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  76. 大浜智美 says:

    柴崎先生 個展ではありがとう御座いました! この絵は更に感銘を受けました。なぜならこのような場所で育ったからです。先生の都会的ダイナミックな絵, 田舎ならではの温かみのある絵、どちらも素敵です!

  77. AyashiModera says:


  78. マスカットシャイン says:

    冬枯れ田園風景 殺風景ともみえるなんでもない風景も綺麗な絵になるんですね 本当に素晴らしいです 弘法は筆を選ばす 弘法は景色も選ばす 本当に感動です 明日個展拝見出来るのが今から楽しみです(^^)

  79. 正造田中 says:

    え、やっぱ凄い😍 授業で水彩画やってみたけど、水の配分間違ってぐしゃー( ;∀;) もう一度トライしてみます。

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  81. K Anderson says:

    What a lovely painting! This channel warms my heart 💖💖

  82. 自称メジャー経験者 says:


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  85. 黄镝静 says:

    I love your painting

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  87. Open D Studio says:

    Perfect place for ducks to glean rice kernels. 😊

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  89. Dawn Montgomery says:

    I loved te painting and the way you grasped the color of the scene. Like Themayor returns mentioned, I always felt that winter landscapes were colorless, but I now see them differently. Thank you, as always, Shibasaki Sensei.

  90. Terry Jenkins says:

    A stunning painting. Such a complicated subject but you made it look so simple. Please paint some more landscapes. This one is incredible and I would love to see more. Thank you.

  91. Periquillo Lospalotes says:

    Muy bien maestro, me alegro mucho de vele recuperado.

  92. Angayasse says:

    I love that we learn so much from you and at the same time get to see where you live. It is magical!

  93. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    thank you for explaining so well.

  94. KimiDesu says:

    Shibasaki-san eating a waffle was so pure.

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  96. M. McCready says:

    The scratching gives some very good effects. Thank you for drawing my attention to that.

  97. Michelle Henriquez says:

    I love your work, greetings from Chile, a huge hug 💕

  98. Helen Spedding-Lowe says:

    Oh Mr Shibasaki you've done it again! What a wonderful piece of art, I love the way you use colour and how you see beauty in winter. Thank you so much ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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