Friday, 16 November 2012

Postcard Challenge

wk 46 Tibet.

 such a beautiful place with serene and peaceful people...why can't they just be allowed to 'be'...

For my page background I chose this image..mainly for the reflection, captivating..

For my card I wanted to draw a tibetan buddah face. I discovered that the one I kept seeing, and wanted to draw is called Tara,  there are several versions, though the ones I mainly saw were the white and green versions.

for some reason I decided to do a search on 'drawing Tara buddah' I am so glad I did. I learned that Tibetan/buddist art like this is called 'Thangka'.

Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk. The most common is a loosely woven cotton produced in widths from 40 to 58 centimeters (16 - 23 inches). While some variations do exist, thangkas wider than 45 centimeters (17 or 18 inches) frequently have seams in the support. The paint consists of pigments in a water soluble medium. Both mineral and organic pigments are used, tempered with a herb and glue solution. In Western terminology, this is a distempur technique.
The composition of a thangka, as with the majority of Buddist art is highly geometric. Arms, legs, eyes, nostrils, ears, and various ritual implements are all laid out on a systematic grid of angles and intersecting lines. A skilled thangka artist will generally select from a variety of predesigned items to include in the composition, ranging from alms bowls and animals, to the shape, size, and angle of a figure's eyes, nose, and lips. The process seems very methodical, but often requires deep understanding of the symbolism involved to capture the spirit of it.
Thangka often overflow with symbolism and allusion. Because the art is explicitly religious, all symbols and allusions must be in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scripture. The artist must be properly trained and have sufficient religious understanding, knowledge, and background to create an accurate and appropriate thangka. Lipton and Ragnubs clarify this in Treasures of Tibetan Art:
Tibetan art exemplifies the nirmanakaya, the physical body of Buddha, and also the qualities of the Buddha, perhaps in the form of a deity. Art objects, therefore, must follow rules specified in the Buddhist scriptures regarding proportions, shape, color, stance, hand positions, and attributes in order to personify correctly the Buddha or Deities.

This intrigued me, that there is a specific way to draw this images, and so I searched..and searched..and searched..and I could not find anywhere online to show me how to draw up the grids and lines. Plenty of places pointed to actual thangkas painting classes...

So my card is based, very loosely on the geometric designs/grids/lines etc...I had to guess most of it, and having done so I would love so much to go and take an actual class in this. 

Hoping to have the end of Oct comp blogged on Sunday, so watch out for it. x

HERE IS WHERE YOU LINK UP.. please only link up if you are taking part in the postcard challenge.  


  1. Love your Buddha...needs some gold! I made a mistake linking up using my email instead of my name. Would you please delete #2 and move up #3? Thanks Darcy. You must be better as you seem back to your busy self! xoxox

    1. Done. I was getting better, but right now I am sneezing and coughing again, just can't seem to shake it off at all. However work still needs to be done, as I have another demo soon. x

  2. Lovely work on Tibet! Just wanted to wish you all fun on your travels this week! I am still not up to producing....Valerie

  3. Amazing info on the way to draw. Such serenity in the face. Hope you feel better soon Darcy, you to Valerie.
    Jen x

  4. Wonderful postcard. The page is stunning too. Feel better soon. A xx

  5. Fabulous work and such an interesting read.

    Janet xx

  6. Beautiful! very interesting to find out about the strict guidelines.


    hope you are feeling better

  7. That's an amazingly intricate technique, very interesting! :D XXX

  8. Tibet posted and go to my Blog -Russia posting going up today as well