Drawing the Buddha Face! Thangka Course – Sept 2020


Welcome to the Buddha Face Inspiration Gallery! Here displayed are the artworks that were created during the online Drawing the Buddha Face! Thangka Art course with Carmen Mensink in Sept 2020 at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. These traditional Buddha faces -made by people from all over the world and both with and without any drawing experience- not only express the enlightened mind, but also the beauty, love and dedication of the maker. 🙏🏼 Aren’t they all amazing? Enjoy!

Kate Denmark, Western Australia

Carmen’s teaching is clear, concise and VERY helpful

I liked everything! Would love to join an actual class sometime in the future. Carmen’s teaching is clear concise and VERY helpful. Thankyou.

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Carmen’s teaching is clear, concise and VERY helpful

I liked everything! Would love to join an actual class sometime in the future. Carmen’s teaching is clear concise and VERY helpful. Thankyou.

Kate Denmark, Western Australia
Lili, México city

Interaction with the teacher

Yes i loved the workshop. It is very well organized and i like the interaction with the teacher (Carmen). My experience in drawing is little but i enjoyed…

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Interaction with the teacher

Yes i loved the workshop. It is very well organized and i like the interaction with the teacher (Carmen). My experience in drawing is little but i enjoyed it. It’s been a long time since i wanted to find a THANGKA workshop so i’m grateful!!!

Lili, México city
Heidi de Mare, Leiden, The Netherlands

I’ve learned a lot!

Carmen, thank you so much for your inspiring lectures! I’ve learned a lot! I will continue with the colour-workshop, and will use that knowledge to …

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I’ve learned a lot!

Carmen, thank you so much for your inspiring lectures! I’ve learned a lot! I will continue with the colour-workshop, and will use that knowledge to colour my Buddha-face. It was not easy to draw the Buddha face, but it made me realise more the differences in drawing both sides in balance. I will continue my training! Thank you very much! best wishes, Heidi

Heidi de Mare, Leiden, The Netherlands
Alison Graham, Ontario, Canada

If I didn’t have the timeframe I would have procrastinated

Everything was presented in a way that was clear and easy to understand. Thangka is something I had an interest in pursuing a few years ago but I ended up taking wester…

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If I didn’t have the timeframe I would have procrastinated

Everything was presented in a way that was clear and easy to understand. Thangka is something I had an interest in pursuing a few years ago but I ended up taking western art classes as that was much more accessible to me. I am very happy for this opportunity and I can see myself doing more.

I was a little stressed out about the time frame to complete it but I am glad for the deadline. If I didn’t have it, I would have procrastinated.

I’m looking forward to doing another Buddha face (this time with room for halo and robes) and colouring it properly, as this one seems to have been mostly an experiment. (I’m still not sure if I should do more in the background or just keep it simple…)

Alison Graham, Ontario, Canada
Camila Prete, Maui, Hawaii

It’s been a very great process

Hi Carmen.
I’m still working on finishing of my Buddha face but wanted to send to you ,so you can see where I am at.
I haven’t worked with color pencil in a while. 🙂 I’ve been having fun tho!
Here is what I got so far:

I am D…

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It’s been a very great process

Hi Carmen.
I’m still working on finishing of my Buddha face but wanted to send to you ,so you can see where I am at.
I haven’t worked with color pencil in a while. 🙂 I’ve been having fun tho!
Here is what I got so far:

I am Doing the background in acrylics.

I want to bring up that it has been a very meditative work and a lots of thought keep coming in to my mind. I have been notice how it interfere on my painting. Even when I have thought that are not so pleasant, I notice I get more sloppy. And I have practice coming back to my relaxed enjoyable state of mind.
Also looking at Buddha face have been feeling like Buddha is looking at me, and I apologize at times for thinking or judging people or Situations. Like asking for forgiveness. And then I remember that You said that is a reflection of ourselves, so I change it to apologize to myself and forgive myself for those human feelings.

It’s been a very great process.

To connect to my art , creativity, myself and the Divinity of all of it.

Also my cat have been jumping on my Thangka drawing and I get a little nervous so it’s also another exercise, i remember that you teach about the animals. So I replace my nervous acting with put him on my lap and start to pet him.

Practice, practice, practice 🙂
I really appreciate learning with you.

And I am very grateful!

Thank you so much for your patience.

Much love
Aloha🌺
Camila

Camila Prete, Maui, Hawaii
Judy, Turkey

Totally immersed during the process

I felt totally immersed during the process of drawing the Buddha’s face and enjoyed that. The experience also served to underscore my streak of perfectionism an…

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Totally immersed during the process

I felt totally immersed during the process of drawing the Buddha’s face and enjoyed that. The experience also served to underscore my streak of perfectionism and the negative patterns that go along with it. I wasn’t happy with the eyes of my Buddha, but decided not to make any corrections before submitting my artwork. Letting go of perfection here felt right.
I had some drawing experience from many years ago, but had not cultivated the skill.
Loved the space that opened in my mind while drawing and the insight gleaned from the process. Thank you Carmen!

Judy, Turkey
Karla, Chile

I never thought I could do a Buddha face!

Thanks for the teachings, I never thought I could do a Buddha face!
An amazing journey… Thank you Carmen!

I never thought I could do a Buddha face!

Thanks for the teachings, I never thought I could do a Buddha face!
An amazing journey… Thank you Carmen!

Karla, Chile
Charlene, USA

I had this belief that I could not draw prior to this course

I had no drawing experience, so I started the class with an open mind. I must say the 10-day schedule was quite challenging due to my work schedule and I …

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I had this belief that I could not draw prior to this course

I had no drawing experience, so I started the class with an open mind. I must say the 10-day schedule was quite challenging due to my work schedule and I could not spend much time during the first weekend due to prior commitments. So, I spent the second weekend working around the clock to finish the course. What I like about the course is: 1) the instruction of how to draw a Buddha head is lay out as a step by step process. The instructions are clearly explained with the support of visual representations; 2) Carmen is supportive and answering questions and comments in a timely manner. I struggled for drawing eyes even after watching videos multiple times and practicing them multiple times. I enjoyed the different elements of the course (e.g., the history, the meditation, the actual drawing, the dedication prayer, etc.). This course has been transformative for me. I had this belief that I could not draw prior taking this course. It feels very freeing to be able to draw a Buddha head. And I absolutely love the Buddha I drew.

Charlene, USA
Deb, Toronto, Canada

A wonderful way to spend the day!

Thanks for this course. The step by step approach allowed me to relax into the drawing practice. I enjoyed the additional learning through the lectures an…

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A wonderful way to spend the day!

Thanks for this course. The step by step approach allowed me to relax into the drawing practice. I enjoyed the additional learning through the lectures and now know more about the Buddha iconography as a result. Looking forward to the colouring course next to finish my piece. I haven’t drawn for years and this was a wonderful way to spend the day!

Deb, Toronto, Canada
Wendy Insinger, New York, USA

I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all

This course was amazing! I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all. Carmen’s videos are incredible, as it all the detail, inform…

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I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all

This course was amazing! I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all. Carmen’s videos are incredible, as it all the detail, information, and compassion she puts into teaching!!!

Wendy Insinger, New York, USA
Marco, The Netherlands

Great experience

Really enjoyed drawing the Buddha face. Great experience to take time to meditate and draw with attention.

Great experience

Really enjoyed drawing the Buddha face. Great experience to take time to meditate and draw with attention.

Marco, The Netherlands
Ven. Karma Shan Tan, Singapore

Really enjoyed the lessons

Palms joined in Heartfelt gratitude to Teacher Carmen for the guidance via the video teachings. Had really enjoyed the lessons and really took time to med…

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Really enjoyed the lessons

Palms joined in Heartfelt gratitude to Teacher Carmen for the guidance via the video teachings. Had really enjoyed the lessons and really took time to meditate and chant before each drawing. Had also repeatedly observed in meditative concentration to finetune again and again. Thus, like to apologise for submitting an uncompleted draft as really taking time to repeat watching the lessons and repeat fine tuning for each part. Since I have zero background, would appreciate if Teacher Carmen could share more in detail from her wealth of experiences on how to attain the symmetry of both left and right sides especially with the eyes, mouth and nose.

Ven. Karma Shan Tan, Singapore
Kim Meijer living in NY, via Helmond and Amsterdam, The Netherlands

So meditative and fulfilling

I totally loved the experience. It was so meditative and fulfilling. It was beyond my expectations. Thank you so much.

So meditative and fulfilling

I totally loved the experience. It was so meditative and fulfilling. It was beyond my expectations. Thank you so much.

Kim Meijer living in NY, via Helmond and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bill, USA

Had fun!

Had fun drawing and coloring the Buddha Face!

Had fun!

Had fun drawing and coloring the Buddha Face!

Bill, USA
Natalia Melnikova. Spain

I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing a Buddha

This course was a Devine gift for me. I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing Buddha face by myself. Especially in Tibetan Thangka Tradition. I …

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I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing a Buddha

This course was a Devine gift for me. I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing Buddha face by myself. Especially in Tibetan Thangka Tradition. I have zero of experience and didn’t draw since school. In the end I have a beautiful Buddha Face in front of me and I’m a little bit sad it’s over. But I am planning on doing another bigger one! I am staying at school to develop my skills on coloring techniques. I am so grateful for this opportunity to discover my new creative side.

Natalia Melnikova. Spain
Lorraine Aguila, USA

Loved learning the thangka techniques

I loved this course. I loved the blend of lecture, instruction and meditation and Buddhist practices. I loved that the segments were short yet full of won…

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Loved learning the thangka techniques

I loved this course. I loved the blend of lecture, instruction and meditation and Buddhist practices. I loved that the segments were short yet full of wonderful information. I loved seeing all the examples of the Buddha Faces in the Inspirational Gallery. It really was inspirational. What beautiful work you and your students have done. I loved learning the thangka techniques drawing my Buddha Face . Overall ..FANTASTIC! Thank you. Blessings

Lorraine Aguila, USA
Robin, USA

Enjoyed the background talks!

I enjoyed the drawing and especially the background talks!

Enjoyed the background talks!

I enjoyed the drawing and especially the background talks!

Robin, USA
Betty van Vorselen, The Netherlands

I found the course inspiring

I found the course inspiring. The background information very good.

I found the course inspiring

I found the course inspiring. The background information very good.

Betty van Vorselen, The Netherlands
Mindy Newman, USA

I didn’t expect to learn so much

My expectations for the course were exceeded! I hoped to experience the meditative aspect of drawing sacred art, which I certainly did. I didn’t exp…

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I didn’t expect to learn so much

My expectations for the course were exceeded! I hoped to experience the meditative aspect of drawing sacred art, which I certainly did. I didn’t expect to learn so much about the history and use of thangkas, which I loved, and definitely didn’t expect to be so happy with my drawing, which I am!

Mindy Newman, USA
Amanda West, California, USA

History of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy

I loved taking this course so much! I particularly enjoyed the explanation of the history of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy. Carmen, thank you…

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History of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy

I loved taking this course so much! I particularly enjoyed the explanation of the history of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy. Carmen, thank you for your detailed and easy to understand explanations. This has been an incredible experience.

Amanda West, California, USA
Carole Martin, Canada

Easy to follow, a joy to do!

Thank you Carmen – your Buddha Face Course was so informative, easy to follow, a joy to do! I loved that in the Colouring Techniques Course you made…

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Easy to follow, a joy to do!

Thank you Carmen – your Buddha Face Course was so informative, easy to follow, a joy to do! I loved that in the Colouring Techniques Course you made a connection with the Dutch Masters – this was an unexpected surprise! I will continue to look at paintings of Old Masters to get inspired as I practice these colouring/shading techniques. I finished my Buddha Face before I learned about blending so look forward to drawing a Buddha face in blended colours. Thanks again for creating this wonderful course.

Carole Martin, Canada
Ellen Green, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Rich and meaningful experience

This course was perfect in every way for me. The teaching of the dharma, the mantra chanting, the meditation, the history and the clear, concise instructi…

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Rich and meaningful experience

This course was perfect in every way for me. The teaching of the dharma, the mantra chanting, the meditation, the history and the clear, concise instruction all combined to create this rich and meaningful experience. Thank you.

Ellen Green, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Selina from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada

Perfect way for me to get motivated again

Hello! I have some drawing experience however have not done any drawing for many years. This course was the perfect way for me to get motivated again. Ver…

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Perfect way for me to get motivated again

Hello! I have some drawing experience however have not done any drawing for many years. This course was the perfect way for me to get motivated again. Very challenging at some points (misalignment of grids for one…yikes) however very satisfying in many ways!! So grateful for this opportunity.

Selina from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada
Sherry, Washington, USA

I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river

My expectations were more than met, Carmen! The information you provided was inspirational and your teaching steps were well-paced. I fell into the process like a playful otte…

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I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river

My expectations were more than met, Carmen! The information you provided was inspirational and your teaching steps were well-paced. I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river. Thank you!

I can see what I need to work on – symmetry for you and also the ears; I also need to pay attention to the overall placement of the face on the paper. The flame got crunched by the halo!

However, I am really pleased. I’ve never done this type of drawing before. It was wonderful to combine my practice with this amazing art form. Again, I can’t thank you enough.

With folded hands!

Sherry, Washington, USA
Mitra, Australia

The course made me feel calm and centred

I have been through some sort of crisis but this course was extremely useful! It helped me to ground myself.. made me feel calm and centred which was very…

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The course made me feel calm and centred

I have been through some sort of crisis but this course was extremely useful! It helped me to ground myself.. made me feel calm and centred which was very needed indeed! The course structure was very clear and was beyond my expectations! I got so much out of it. I loved the combination of all the elements you put in. I really appreciate that you decided to have online course! I live in Australia so far away to attend these classes in person. I didn’t have any drawing experience. I only draw Buddha face once but would like to draw more Buddha face before even starting on colouring (bought the Colouring bundle). Many thanks again for all the effort you put in to create this amazing course for us!

Mitra, Australia
Anne Montano, California, USA

Helping me get through this difficult time

This was (is) a beautiful, meditative experience which is helping me get through this difficult time. I look forward to taking another class in the future…

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Helping me get through this difficult time

This was (is) a beautiful, meditative experience which is helping me get through this difficult time. I look forward to taking another class in the future.

Anne Montano, California, USA
Karin Meijer, Haarlem, the Netherlands

Step for step explanation

The background information and the step by step drawing guide were very helpfull. It was an opportunity to do this e-course and it was very joyfull. I lov…

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Step for step explanation

The background information and the step by step drawing guide were very helpfull. It was an opportunity to do this e-course and it was very joyfull. I loved the information about the Buddhism and the step for step explanation for drawing the Buddhaface. Also very good was if you asked a question, the answer became very quick. I am very satisfied about this course.

Karin Meijer, Haarlem, the Netherlands
Sabine, Germany

So much more than a drawing course

Dear Carmen, thank you very much for this wonderful course. For me it really was set up in such a comprehensive way, this is so much more than a drawing course …

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So much more than a drawing course

Dear Carmen, thank you very much for this wonderful course. For me it really was set up in such a comprehensive way, this is so much more than a drawing course rather a meditation, an experience and a journey to meet my inside buddha 🙂 Even though I have drawing experience I was a bit concerned about the precise way to draw (which is not my strength) but I really enjoyed it and found great joy in the patience. An indeed fulfilling experience or shall I rather say journey.
PS: I cannot wait to shade my Buddha in black and white

Sabine, Germany
Peter Prommel, The Netherlands

It put me in a concentrated and restful mood

I really liked the meditations and background stories. They put me so well in a concentrated and restful mood. It made it easier to remember all the tips and tri…

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It put me in a concentrated and restful mood

I really liked the meditations and background stories. They put me so well in a concentrated and restful mood. It made it easier to remember all the tips and tricks also! My mind worked better! I enjoyed the pencil drawing, and precision, but had some troubles with the paint and size. Eveness of this paint (cobra, oil/watermixable) was not so easy.. I really liked being able to keep editing the final, with the same paint as well as with acryl and acrylic ink (liquitex). I also liked staying long with the basic colors green, red, yellow and blue, which resemble for me Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upekkha.

I noticed it is challenging to make all the lines symetrical and positioned so that I liked the expression of the smile. Also the painting was challenging, to get an even, or shaded layer. I felt good about learning to concentrate on smaller brushstrokes, and keep the rest in breathing as well. I notice when I stop breathing at particular difficult lines. It was a lot of fun touching up at the end, small lines, small corrections. polishing.

Peter Prommel, The Netherlands
Kate Denmark, Western Australia

Very clear instructions and supporting info

It was great, and I learned a lot, Thank you Carmen! The most difficult part was seeing/ understanding how the Buddha’s eyes are not as open as depi…

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Very clear instructions and supporting info

It was great, and I learned a lot, Thank you Carmen! The most difficult part was seeing/ understanding how the Buddha’s eyes are not as open as depicted, so more practice Needed! Very clear instructions and the supporting info very helpful.

Kate Denmark, Western Australia
Tenzin Nyidron, Vietnam

For all sentient beings to be happy and free of suffering

I’m so happy to attend this class and thanks for the teacher, Carmen, who is so kind and experience. I’m not good in drawing but realised what I dream. When I draw Budd…

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For all sentient beings to be happy and free of suffering

I’m so happy to attend this class and thanks for the teacher, Carmen, who is so kind and experience. I’m not good in drawing but realised what I dream. When I draw Buddha face, I think of all Buddha’s quality, visualise Buddha, then the grid then draw it. I read sometimes the mantra of Buddha Shakya Muni. When coloring, I can see better the independent origination, all the draw, color, one by one to make his appearance. Just relax the mind, think of Buddha’s quality, continue to color. The most dificult is how to show via the drawing Budha’s compassion and wisdom. Compassion I try to make his eyes, look upon beings with loving, kindness “I show you the path, it’s your choice to follow”. Then the wisdom, I try to make via the hallow, blue circle by making the following one zen tradition of painting circle, just draw circle, visualise of his wisdom raise. And Buddha has the 3 kayas, then the Nirmakaya, his appearance, Sambogakaya, his smile and the light, Dharmakaya in his wisdom appeare.
That is my way to complete the Buddha’s face.
Thank you for Carmen to guide me and explain clearly.
I dedicate for Carmen’s work to help more people can draw their dream, for all sentient beings be happy and free of suffering.

Tenzin Nyidron, Vietnam
Karin, The Netherlands

Very enjoyable with a good mix of information

The online workshop was very enjoyable with a good mix of information on the thangka painting tradition, how to draw as well as making your own drawing.

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Very enjoyable with a good mix of information

The online workshop was very enjoyable with a good mix of information on the thangka painting tradition, how to draw as well as making your own drawing.

Karin, The Netherlands
Robin, New Jersey, USA

I enjoyed the class

I enjoyed the class, learning to draw and then color the Buddha Face. Thank you, Carmen!

I enjoyed the class

I enjoyed the class, learning to draw and then color the Buddha Face. Thank you, Carmen!

Robin, New Jersey, USA
Shashi Rekha, India

Liked the meditation

I liked the course and the meditation before starting the course.

Liked the meditation

I liked the course and the meditation before starting the course.

Shashi Rekha, India
Pastor, Mexico

Great moments while studying and drawing

Thank you very much dear Carmen, for guide us, for great moments while studying and drawing, for meditations and support inner learning.
Om Mani Padme Hun…

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Great moments while studying and drawing

Thank you very much dear Carmen, for guide us, for great moments while studying and drawing, for meditations and support inner learning.
Om Mani Padme Hung

Pastor, Mexico