Buddha Face Thangka Art Course – Inspiration Gallery!


Welcome to the Inspiration Gallery! Here displayed are the artworks that were created during the online Buddha Face Thangka Art course with Carmen Mensink, Editions 2022 + 2023, at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art.
These traditional Tibetan artworks are made by people from all over the world, and both with and without any drawing experience. Not only express these images the enlightened Buddha mind, they also convey the beauty, love and dedication of the maker. 🙏🏼
Isn’t each and every one of them amazing?

I found the course really meditative

I had no drawing experience. I liked the course very much and I’am surprised about the end result of my Buddha face. I found the course really m...

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I found the course really meditative

I had no drawing experience. I liked the course very much and I’am surprised about the end result of my Buddha face. I found the course really meditative.

Michalina
Peru

I think I’ve never drawn such good looking face

I’ve heard about Carmen and her work one day before the end of registration for the course and I’m so happy I decided for it! All steps we...

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I think I’ve never drawn such good looking face

I’ve heard about Carmen and her work one day before the end of registration for the course and I’m so happy I decided for it! All steps were super clear – I think I’ve never drawn such good looking face. The geometry behind Thangka makes the whole process very accessible even for less experience artists. I’m already looking forward for the next course.

Michalina
Peru
Nicole
Hanover, New Hampshire USA

I appreciate the opportunity to focus so deeply

Thanks for the clear guidance Carmen. It is a good challenge to allow the lines to come forward without second-guessing or judging them too much… I ap...

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I appreciate the opportunity to focus so deeply

Thanks for the clear guidance Carmen. It is a good challenge to allow the lines to come forward without second-guessing or judging them too much… I appreciate the opportunity to focus so deeply.

Nicole
Hanover, New Hampshire USA
Laney Clayton
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Om Muni Muni Mahamunye Soha!

Hello Carmen, Here is my Buddha. I learned so much and truly enjoyed this wonderful course. Thank you. Om Muni Muni Mahamunye Soha! Laney Clayton

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Om Muni Muni Mahamunye Soha!

Hello Carmen,

Here is my Buddha. I learned so much and truly enjoyed this wonderful course. Thank you.

Om Muni Muni Mahamunye Soha!

Laney Clayton

Laney Clayton
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Gerda Prins
The Netherlands

Very happy with it!

Started with the Buddha face. Carmen managed that very well. Now after all the holidays finally my Buddha face is ready. Very happy with it!

Very happy with it!

Started with the Buddha face. Carmen managed that very well. Now after all the holidays finally my Buddha face is ready. Very happy with it!

Gerda Prins
The Netherlands
Esther
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Drawing thangka is a meditation for me

I enjoyed the lessons very much. Drawing thangka is a meditation for me. The information from the lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka.

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Drawing thangka is a meditation for me

I enjoyed the lessons very much. Drawing thangka is a meditation for me. The information from the lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka.

Esther
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Jannu Chudal
Kigali, Rwanda

I have drawn several Buddhas, and with each of them, there has been this extreme feeling of learning and transformation within myself

Thank you Carmen for this beautiful course offered online for students like me who cannot take part physically. I especially loved the various modalit...

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I have drawn several Buddhas, and with each of them, there has been this extreme feeling of learning and transformation within myself

Thank you Carmen for this beautiful course offered online for students like me who cannot take part physically.

I especially loved the various modalities you used through storytelling, meditation, and explaining the drawing techniques. In the past week, I have drawn several Buddhas, and with each of them, there has been this extreme feeling of learning and transformation within myself.

Thank you for being the guru in my journey. And I am looking forward to The Buddha course with much enthusiasm.

Jannu Chudal
Kigali, Rwanda
Brandon Lim
Pelham NH, United States Of America

I give it a 10 out of 10 and 5 stars

I loved the Tibetan Thangka Art Course Carmen and I will recommend it to my friends and family. I give it a 10 out of 10 and 5 stars. Thank You for ma...

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I give it a 10 out of 10 and 5 stars

I loved the Tibetan Thangka Art Course Carmen and I will recommend it to my friends and family. I give it a 10 out of 10 and 5 stars. Thank You for making this online course. I really have intrests into Tibet and its culture and i’ve maid some Tibetan friends over the last 2 years.

Brandon Lim
Pelham NH, United States Of America
Beth
Oakland, CA, USA

I found drawing the Buddha face to be a perfect mix of structure with room for artistic expression

I loved doing this course! I appreciated the history and background you offered and found the drawing part meditative and enjoyable. I liked to draw w...

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I found drawing the Buddha face to be a perfect mix of structure with room for artistic expression

I loved doing this course! I appreciated the history and background you offered and found the drawing part meditative and enjoyable. I liked to draw when I was younger, but haven’t done very much art for many years. I found drawing the Buddha face to be a perfect mix of structure with room for artistic expression. I can’t wait to color my Buddha face 🙂

Beth
Oakland, CA, USA
Linda Fraser
Portland, Oregon USA

I loved the color class

Here is the Buddha Face I used color on. I created two heads altogether. Again, I loved the color class I took and will recommend it to others. Thank...

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I loved the color class

Here is the Buddha Face I used color on. I created two heads altogether. Again, I loved the color class I took and will recommend it to others. Thank you so much, you are so clear with your instructions.

Linda Fraser
Portland, Oregon USA
Janis Cooper
Victoria BC Canada

Engaging in a creative process without self criticism

Hi Carmen, I loved the course and felt joyful each time I worked on the Buddha face. It was great engaging in this creative process without self criti...

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Engaging in a creative process without self criticism

Hi Carmen,
I loved the course and felt joyful each time I worked on the Buddha face. It was great engaging in this creative process without self criticism, and very interesting to learn about thangkas and the iconography of the Buddha face.
I enjoyed every aspect of the course, including the information you provided, the mantras and prayers, drawing the grid and the Buddha face, and colouring the face.
Thank you.

Janis Cooper
Victoria BC Canada
Esther
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The lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka

I enjoyed the lessons very much. Drawing thangka is a meditation for me. The information from the lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka....

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The lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka

I enjoyed the lessons very much. Drawing thangka is a meditation for me. The information from the lessons helps me to give more meaning to my thangka. I made 2 drawings, 1 black and white and this one is with gouache / ecoline, pencil

Esther
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Georgette Young
Currently living in Athens Greece, but am from San Diego

While the world around me was in crisis, I remained calm, cool, and collected with my buddha

This was a great experience! I have wanted to do this for a very long time. I attempted to do it on my own in 2008, but did not have the measurements,...

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While the world around me was in crisis, I remained calm, cool, and collected with my buddha

This was a great experience! I have wanted to do this for a very long time. I attempted to do it on my own in 2008, but did not have the measurements, and tried and tried with tracing paper. This was so much better. I have made a few mistakes. But I will do another one. It’s a great meditation for me. Especially during the recent eclipse. While the world around me was in crisis, I remained calm, cool, and collected with my buddha.

Georgette Young
Currently living in Athens Greece, but am from San Diego
Nour
Netherlands

The instructions are clear and easy to follow

I immensely enjoyed doing this course. Because all the video’s are short and sorted by category and step, the instructions are clear and easy to...

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The instructions are clear and easy to follow

I immensely enjoyed doing this course. Because all the video’s are short and sorted by category and step, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I loved that there was also a lot of information about the meaning and symbolism of the Buddha.
I would definitely recommend doing this course if you are interested in starting to make Tanka art.

Nour
Netherlands
Linda Fraser
United States

The same head with shading

I believe I already sent you a Buddha head I created, this is the same head with shading.

The same head with shading

I believe I already sent you a Buddha head I created, this is the same head with shading.

Linda Fraser
United States
Osleida Bishop
Curaçao

A more in depth information about the Buddha

This was such a great experience. I got a more in depth information about the Buddha for instance how and why to use the mentioned colors and the medi...

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A more in depth information about the Buddha

This was such a great experience. I got a more in depth information about the Buddha for instance how and why to use the mentioned colors and the meditation was excellent.

Osleida Bishop
Curaçao
Cheryl
Traverse City, MI

I uploaded here just to show progress, but I am only half-way done

Hello! I love the course!! It met and exceeded my expectations. I added my picture but I have only gotten as far as the grid. It took me a long time t...

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I uploaded here just to show progress, but I am only half-way done

Hello! I love the course!! It met and exceeded my expectations. I added my picture but I have only gotten as far as the grid. It took me a long time to figure that out and then I had to erase. I did listen to the Buddha face part of the course three times, so I will continue on my Buddha face over the next week – I uploaded here just to show progress, but I am only half-way done.

Cheryl
Traverse City, MI
Marina
France

Thank you for your feedback and encouragements!

I really appreciate the course, the videos, step by step, all your advices, it was easy to follow alone. I was thinking it will be harder but it was a...

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Thank you for your feedback and encouragements!

I really appreciate the course, the videos, step by step, all your advices, it was easy to follow alone. I was thinking it will be harder but it was a great experience. And thank you for your feedback and encouragements ! I’m glad to be able to follow the next course soon.

Marina
France
Linda Fraser
Portland, Oregon USA

The instructions were clear

I thought the instructions were clear and loved the pauses for meditation and the mantra sounds. I have been practicing Buddhist dharma for about four...

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The instructions were clear

I thought the instructions were clear and loved the pauses for meditation and the mantra sounds. I have been practicing Buddhist dharma for about four or five years and actually drawing the Buddha face with intention was wonderful for my practice. I plan to recommend your course for a few members of my Sangha. All the visuals were easy to follow.
With Gratitude.

Linda Fraser
Portland, Oregon USA
Shirsten Lundblad
Maine, USA

Deeply meditative and fulfilling experience

I absolutely loved this course. I chose to do the course while in solo retreat this week, and it has been a deeply meditative and fulfilling experienc...

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Deeply meditative and fulfilling experience

I absolutely loved this course. I chose to do the course while in solo retreat this week, and it has been a deeply meditative and fulfilling experience. My aspiration is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha, and learning to paint Thangkas is a lovely way to bring that about. It also has helped me to better understand more of the symbolism in the thangkas. This is a great support to my sadhana practices. Thank you so much!

Shirsten Lundblad
Maine, USA
Angelika
Sweden

Thorough and easy to follow

I loved how thorough and easy to follow was the course and the feeling of having you just an email away if needed to!

Thorough and easy to follow

I loved how thorough and easy to follow was the course and the feeling of having you just an email away if needed to!

Angelika
Sweden