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[Eng sub] How to paint Japanese Temple Landscape | Watercolor tutorial
December 10, 2019
Hello everyone, Today, I’m visiting a small temple near my house. Look! That is a small temple. It’s small, but it has a nice atmosphere. Here is the temple grounds. I used to play here when I was a child. That is a graves. I think Japanese viewers know this, so I will explain this to you who live in other countries. There are stairs like this. There is a box here. This is a “Saisen-bako” an offertory box. When we make a wish to God, we will put money in here. Wow, it’s a very old building. The color of the wood boards is degenerated. This is a ginkgo tree. There is this tree in the grounds of the temple. It’s so big, isn’t it? A tree of 300 to 400 years old. I would like to put this ginkgo tree in the painting as an important element. This is the arrangement of the temple. It is symmetrical. If we draw a painting as it is, it will be a monotonous composition. So, I’d like to change the atmosphere slightly. I’ll move the place. When I move to the left, this big ginkgo tree hides the temple. It overlaps. This is the composition of the overlap. When I move more to the left, we will see the building. By doing so, we can see buildings, trees, roads. This position fits all the elements in the screen. Okay, I’ll draw the painting from this position. First, draw a shapes. Draw the most important ginkgo tree. Then, draw other elements. And to overlap these. The first composition is very important. Paint the roof of this temple. I’ll paint it with Pink like this. I use this color without much thought. This is an idea to enjoy painting. Do not put the finish color from the beginning. Such an image is important. And paint the ginkgo tree. This also does not paint the finish color immediately. I paint while imagining the completion. Paint while imagining. Then draw fallen leaves under the tree. Putting the color without hesitation. Put a dark color. Taking advantage of the contrast of light and dark. We need courage here. Then, go back to the roof of the building. Do not hesitate at here. Watercolor requires determination to put color. Scatter the color, and check the condition of the water and colors. Okay. Then, scratching with a painting knife. In this way it expresses a thin branches. Like this. Do not rely on masking. Draw a shadow under the roof. Express the shapes. Spread the brush and draw the grass. Put Blue in front. Use complementary colors such as Yellow and Orange for this Blue. I will draw the details of this ginkgo tree. It is important to grasp the light and dark. Draw the details of the branches. The atmosphere will go out without drawing finely. To scratch and express sunshine. Like this. Draw a little details the roof. But be careful not to draw too much. Draw a tree in the distance. Do not draw too much. Draw a foreground. To express the bright sunshine, leaving white of the paper. It is important to leave white of the paper. Spread the brush and draw the grass. This area is a fun! Simplify and paint. Don’t draw too much details. Draw a little details. Draw a characters of a stone monument. And that completes the painting. Today, I painted a quiet temple and a big ginkgo tree. When drawing elements that appear symmetrical, Instead of drawing from the front, if you shift the position slightly and arrange the elements so that they overlap each other. By doing so, the painting will be even more interesting. You’re welcome to try it out. Until next time, happy painting! If you like this video, please click the Like button and subscribe to my channel. Thank you for watching my video. See you soon!