[Eng sub] #23 Watercolor painting for beginners  | Light/Dark Value Contrast

[Eng sub] #23 Watercolor painting for beginners | Light/Dark Value Contrast

Hello, everyone! Shibasaki here! Hope everyone’s doing well. This is another session for super beginners. Unlike our usual lessons, we’ll discuss how to paint today. How to paint… this landscape for example. I suppose everyone thinks of colors to use when painting. Trees are green. The rice field is yellowish. Usually people think of specific colors to use,like green, yellow… I don’t look that way, however. I look at things by light and dark. Light and dark are made by lighting. They are the most important point for painting. It’s the very basic for super beginners. What you need to use for that is… …paper. Any paper will do. Get some paper and… …a pencil. The darker the better, like a 4B. I will draw this landscape with a pencil… …and in a simple way. Making is simple. This is another tip. Here is the rice patty. Dark trees in the background roughly. And a building. Hey, there’s a kitty~!! That’s done! I’ll view this landscape with four different tones of lighting. What’s the darkest here? Yes, it’s the trees. The forest back here uses the darkest of the four tones. That’s it. Now the rice patty may be the second darkest. Just make it simple. Just use this one tone to color the whole field. Then the building is in the lighter tone. In this way. This is how I see things. This concept of light and dark is the most important thing. Let’s paint it based on this sketch. Let me show you. Well… Any color… I’ll use a clear color to pull it into shape. Here is the rice patty… …and the building. The trees here and the sky. See what the rough sketch is like? The trees are the darkest, then the rice field. The sky is the lightest. Because the sky is the lightest, we’ll just leave the area unpainted… …or use a very light color close to white. The color of the sky is very light… I tell myself… …to follow the plan. Then the darkest. Because it’s dark, use a really dark color. Use green because they are trees. Add some brownish color as well because it’s almost winter… Prepare a really dark color in a dark tone. This is very important. Make an extremely dark tone of color without hesitation. Paint this area… in this way. Isn’t it pretty? That’s it. The color may vary in each spot, but don’t think too much. The most important thing is that this area is in the darkest tone in the landscape. Once you master light and dark, you’ll have mastered painting. Then here the rice field. Look at this. 1, 2, 3, 4… The rice field is the third lightest area. It’s quite dark. In this color… Make it pretty dark… That’s the priority to consider. It’s lighter than this but darker than this area. What color to use is up to you. Darkness is essential. Squint to look as you paint. It’ll be fantastic if you acquire this sense. Add lots of colors but stick to the darkness. Then the building. Lighter than the sky but darker than the field. Use whatever color you want. That’s it… Add some dark tone of color here. If you don’t think it’s dark enough, add more color in a darker tone. The rice patty is in the third lightest color. Be bold and use lots of colors. But keep the darkness in mind as you paint. You can gradually add more details… …but again the sense of light and dark is crucial. Is it gradually pulling into shape? This is the point. Any color that overflows can be removed. But rather than adding too much detail…, …the lightness and darkness that was planned out in the initial sketch makes up the whole painting. In this painting, the sky is the lightest. Then this is the second, the third, and the fourth. Keep that in mind when adding colors, and add details as you like. I’ll add a hydro pole before finishing it. That’s it. Light and dark determines the painting. It’s very basic among the basics. Rather than paying too much attention to the details, examine the landscape by light and dark. Well, what do you think? If you find this video useful, please like it and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so. Thank you very much for watching until the end. See you next time!


  • けんしろウッ says:


  • Сергей Воропаев says:

    ありがとうございます, あなた の 絵 は すごいです!

  • Mathilda says:

    I liked the tip with seeing the brightness of in object in relation to other things in the picture. Like… the rice field is darker than the house but lighter than foliage. That makes it easier than trying to find the right value without context. Thank you, Shibisaki-san. ☺

  • Marzipan Mercí says:

    1:42 "neko-chan neko-chan~" 🐈

    MY HEART 💕💗

  • Panyalion says:

    Watching this video on my way home from work is so comforting and makes me think of my passions again, which i happen to forget too often sadly. Thank you for this lesson and the energy you bring to us! ~

  • Venus Smith says:

    Thank you for teaching me ..still learning…you are awesome

  • Genaro Autilio Cavaliere says:

    He is the best.

  • Nick Ge says:

    I am currently learning japanese as a part of what I'm studying at university, I am starting to understand more and more…
    In one year I will come back to this video and hopefully understand everything you are saying!

  • TheMagicRonin says:

    In this video I understood the importance of sketches. Despite the English, which I do not understand very well, the video has been very illustrative and I have seen the need to make a previous sketch. I always understood that if an artist knows how to draw for that to make a previous sketch, but his video has made me understand. Thank you very much again Shibasaki sensei.

    En este vídeo he comprendido la importancia de los bocetos. A pesar del ingles, que no entiendo muy bien, el vídeo ha sido muy ilustrativo y he visto la necesidad de hacer un boceto previo. Yo siempre entendía que si un artista sabe dibujar para que hacer un boceto previo, pero su vídeo me lo ha hecho comprender. Muchas gracias otra vez

  • jossrun says:

    Congratulations! Simple but very effective!

  • c a m i v says:

    I've been painting for some time now but i still watch beginners videos because there's always something to learn from them, specially this one, i never thought to see my paintings that way!
    Thanks a lot sensei!💕

  • Ashvith Shetty says:

    Wow, I never thought that way…
    Genius art 😎

  • Christina Rampertab says:

    the brush hits the paper so effortlessly … love watching your videos!

  • ちまみ says:


  • PrettyNailsDesigns says:

    Amazing work, sensei 😍 wonderful!

  • Michaela Ta says:

    Shibasaki-san ,
    – thank you for a great lesson, very informative:)

  • Matthias Martin says:

    I hope you are doing better these days. I was very sad when I heard you were in bad health, because starting to paint with watercolors has helped me a great deal fighting my depression after my mother died. Thanks for all your teachings. Greetings from Germany.


  • ESRAAFALATHA 3 says:

    So relaxing

  • 友代 says:


  • Ro Pi says:

    Mr Shibasaki, never did I consider this particular aspect of painting in such a clear, simple way. Thank you so much for teaching us. And I am glad to see you in good health and good spirits!

  • Lois Lane says:

    Thank you so much for this lesson! It really is helpful and a clear way to plan things when painting. I love it.

  • Fran Egui says:

    This class has been revealing to me. Now I can better understand the drawing. This form is new to me and extremely useful!

  • ElfenS0uL says:

    This man is such a treasure , we are so lucky to have someone in youtube like you ! Thank you for the class my watercolor paintings are getting better !

  • bringUrTowel says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for the guidance~

  • Olívia Jun Miura says:

    Beautiful painting!!!

  • Larissa da Costa says:

    So happy to see you healthy Shibasaki-sensei! I have so many doubts about this topic, but your explanation was perfect as always, made super simple! Thank you!

  • Meraki Painter says:

    Looks great ☺️☺️

  • Shofargirl1 says:


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  • Diana Ferreira says:

    Thank you for these, i am starting watercolors and the videos are really good and relaxing to watch! 💓💓💓

  • nyanpeg75 says:


  • Yvain Callipso says:

    Thank you! I'm supposed to have this lesson next week, now I am ahead!

  • Black Rose says:

    salute 😍

  • Itzell c says:

    I really like it, it gives me a feeling of happiness and tranquility.♡

  • Naku-kun says:

    Mr shibasaki, your smile is so bright!

  • Danilo Meira says:

    So peacefull. Thank you

  • Demi Huynh says:

    These videos are getting better and better! Seeing you paint makes me want to paint again. Plus, it also makes me remember that the paint brush isn't the only tool that painters use…

  • Pink Lady Fan says:

    It's so nice to see you out and about. I love these kinds of videos. You look in good health. The kitty wanted to watch you paint!

  • Mia de Fleur says:

    Best Teacher explains on best way.

  • Bee Boudreau says:

    This was really helpful! The next time I get the chance to paint I'm definitely going to try out this method! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Finnorフィンノア says:


  • pumpkin boy says:

    LOVE the idea of looking at something as shades instead of colors! it really breaks down and makes you analyze the important foregrounds of a painting. I'm a bit more advanced than a beginner but I find this VERY useful and I cant wait to try this out for my next painting!! thaank you Shibasaki-sensei!!

  • Antonio Maciel says:

    You make it look so simple Mr. Shibasaki. I love your videos!! 🙂

  • 山田太郎 says:


  • Alfredo Hernandez says:

    Shibasaki sensei, I often watch your videos, and sometimes I try to paint. I like watch your videos because your brush always flows freely on paper and that relaxes me, going in all directions mixing colors, it is beautiful.

  • Shireishou Author says:

    OmG I really like your spirit, your beautiful smile, and your skill. Thank you for always brighten my day

  • An Tran says:

    Thank you Shibasaki san. This video is very helpful!

  • Blue Amber says:

    Your smile and enthusiasm makes me happier sensei! Thank you 😊

  • 矢沢真一 says:


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  • han yojou says:


  • Lucia C.S. says:

    ❤️❤️✨ c:

  • TadeshiKP says:

    This is so helpful and heartwarming!! Thank you for the video as always Shibasaki Sensei!!✨✨

  • TanBelia art says:

    Beautiful! Interesting process)

  • Meg Meg says:


  • Grazia Cavasino says:

    Shibasaki San, you're a force of nature!

  • Jinxsyrinx says:

    What kind of watercolors do you use?

  • utopy says:

    another beautiful tutorial,thank you shibasaki sensei 🖤

  • Denis souza says:

    Ótimo vídeo professor 😁😀

  • 山本陽子 says:


  • TROLLkastel boi says:

    it's nice to see you upload another video <3 I hope you continue to do well!

  • Abby Avila says:

    Thank you so much for another lesson!

  • piwota1 says:


  • Blade of the Darkmoon says:

    This is the thing that I always forgot in my painting. Values is very important, it creates depth and dimension to the painting. Thanks for this valuable lesson grandpa!

  • flower child says:

    omg i NEEDED this!!! thank you so much!! ❤❤❤

  • Elena Kuznetsova says:

    Thank you! Now I understand dark/light tones better.

  • Redrose Setantii says:

    The best advice always seems to be the simplest! I love it 👍🤩

  • KEN S says:


  • Aurelia Rojas says:

    Acquarello bellissimo

  • Blank Blank says:


  • Claudia gomes de melo says:

    Great lesson! Now i know a bit better how to analise the subject i want to paint/sketch. Thank you so much, shibasaki-san ❤👍🌸

  • 勝田敏 says:


  • 찌아오디앤 says:

    Very nice 😉 😍

  • クリンクリン says:

    遠くは明るく、近くは暗く、とは限らない絵の遠近感と明暗の関係がよく分からず、薄く塗った上にちょっとづつ色を塗り重ねてはまた消して…といつも汚くなってしまいます。これからは明暗を四つのパターンに分けて思い切って描いてみようと思います😊 超基礎編とっても大事で参考になりますので、どうかこれからもずっと続けていただけたら嬉しいです😃💕🎶

  • RSorei says:

    Lighting is something I struggle with a lot when I paint. I'll definitely use your method of making a lighting sketch before I start next time!

    Thank you as always for your helpful video.

  • Ryu K says:


  • Corrado Gagliardi says:

    Your videos are always so helpful, thank you!

  • トニオ says:


  • NR2785 says:

    This was incredibly helpful

  • Skyler v15 says:

    My brushes SUCCC

  • rock hill says:


  • 伽羅モカ says:


  • Irma Reitz says:

    Thank you. Very helpful 🙏😊

  • Alva says:

    This is the first time I’ve thought of painting in terms of light and not in terms of colours and layers. So helpful!

  • Alva says:

    These videos are so satisfying to watch. They improve my mood x10 ✨

  • Simonetta Genova says:

    master of painting and humanity, ARIGATO for the way you are and the way you communicate

  • Alex Zagotsi says:

    genious lesson! you have completely changed my point of view! now i see the meaning of color it self and that is no meaning at all! thank you my kind teacher for this dynamic advice!

  • M. Lim says:

    you're always showing us new ways to view watercolor, shibasaki-san! thank you so much for helping out this beginner. 😀

  • milknight says:

    im happy to see another video from you!! this was really helpful

  • IceGlock says:

    Thank you for your advice !
    I hope all good things for you 😀
    from France, Best regards

    Merci beaucoup !!

  • Elina Zhang says:

    This was very very helpful for me, thank you!

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  • Eliza The Painter says:

    Shibasaki-san, this was a great video. I think I say this every time, but I get so wrapped up in details when I paint that I forget many things. Thank you for the reminder of what to focus on instead of getting lost on the details. Your freedom with color and shape is inspirational.


  • RN Swann says:

    This was very helpful.

  • Paula Rodríguez says:

    Thank you so much for this Shibasaki

  • 山間照男 says:

    先生いつも超基礎編有難う御座います。楽しく拝聴させて頂いてます。明暗で見る 勉強になります。今まで書いた絵この考え方で見直しています。お体を大切にこれからも宜しくお願いします。

  • chikistrikis says:

    Thank u ❤❤❤❤

  • Arianne Tjong says:

    I have a question, how do you know which colour you should put in to the painting ? ( for example the rice field, you put some colours beside yellow and green )

    Thank you

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