- in living color
- 生き生きとした色で（in living color 〈生き生きとして〉と掛けている）
- watercolor painting
- 水彩画（後出 oil painting は油絵）
- viewer (base)
- 視聴者（層）（後出 view はここでは再生数、viewership は視聴者数）
- department of art
- correspondence school
- irrelevant to ～
- make up one's mind
- set up ～
- art is ... short
In Living Color
A "grandpa" YouTuber posting videos mainly about watercolor painting techniques is becoming an unlikely hit with viewers both in Japan and abroad.
Painter Shibasaki Harumichi's most popular video has garnered over 5 million views, and as of Nov. 12, he had amassed some 717,000 subscribers.
Shibasaki was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1947. After graduating from the Department of Art at Wako University, he taught oil and watercolor painting at a correspondence school of art.
He became a YouTuber after being asked in 2016 by his 47-year-old son, "Don't you want people from all over the world to see your artwork?" Until then, YouTube had been irrelevant to Shibasaki. However, he made up his mind after thinking, "I have the know-how based on all my years spent teaching. Not only do I want people to look at my artwork, I want to convey the joy of painting." He set up his channel "Watercolor by Shibasaki" in March 2017.
Painting doesn't have borders, so his viewer base comes from all over the world and every age group. Soon after Shibasaki started posting on YouTube, he saw an increase in his foreign viewership, many of them asking for English subtitles. "Most of the people asking detailed questions are foreigners," he explained. And so Shibasaki immediately asked a translator to put English subtitles on all his videos.
According to one-year viewership data provided to YouTube channel owners, 51.4% of his viewers are Japanese while the rest are from the U.S., India, the U.K. and elsewhere.
"I'm happy as my motto is to enjoy drawing, to provide easy to understand (instructions), and to work with everyone," Shibasaki commented. "There's a saying that art is long and life is short. I plan on doing things that I want to do now. I hope I can convey to others that one such method is painting."
[本文 - 309 words]