This Japanese grandfather's watercolors are all the rage on YouTube

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This Japanese grandfather's watercolors are all the rage on YouTube

His Watercolor by Shibasaki channel offers drawing lessons.

Japanese painter Harumichi Shibasaki shows off one of the watercolors he painted.

Japanese painter Harumichi Shibasaki was nearly 70 years old when he started filming art tutorials for his YouTube channel. Today, the grandfather is followed around the world by more than 1.4 million people who appreciate his calm and warm style.

His Watercolor by Shibasaki channel mainly offers drawing and painting lessons in Japanese with English subtitles. His grandchildren and his two cats often appear on the videos.

Hello, this is Shibasaki. How are you all doing? asks the 74-year-old artist with the white mane and mustache, smiling.

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Harumichi Shibasaki makes all of his videos himself from his home in the Japanese countryside, using a smart phone, camera and lighting device.

When I was little, we didn't even have a TV at home, he told Agence France-Presse. I never imagined that an era like this could exist.

For him, being so connected to people around the world is like a dream.< /p>

His channel saw a surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, after Mr. Shibasaki asked netizens to draw with him, when people were called to stay at home.

The video received many comments from people around the world saying they were relaxed and peaceful, or complimenting Mr. Shibasaki on his pleasant way of speaking which helps you sleep peacefully.

Passionate drawing since his childhood, this only son of a couple practicing agriculture in Chiba, near Tokyo, left at the age of 18 to study fine arts in the capital, before teaching them in turn.

Harumichi Shibasaki records a video of his painting technique in May 2022.

It was on the encouragement of his son that he started his YouTube channel. He uses his talent as a pedagogue there, but he also makes it a space for exchange with subscribers, who do not hesitate to confide in the comments.

They certainly think they can tell me anything, says Shibasaki, who talks about his health issues himself in his videos.

After undergoing six surgeries in heart, he says he has a very concrete picture of death and really understands people's problems.

Harumichi Shibasaki makes videos in his home, inside and outdoors.

He hopes to continue painting as long as possible, but as he ages his eyesight fails and his hands shake, worries- he.

I think I can draw properly for another five years, he believes. So if I can produce paintings that will stick around after me, that's what I want to do.

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