The Tibetan script is a segmental writing system (abugida) of Indic origin used to write certain Tibetic languages, including Tibetan, Dzongkha, Sikkimese, Ladakhi, Jirel and Balti.
It has also been used for some non-Tibetic languages in close cultural contact with Tibet.
The printed form is called uchen script while the hand-written cursive form used in everyday writing is called umê script. This writing system is used across the Himalayas, and Tibet.
The script is closely linked .
Sketching is the major work in creating the art. Sketching involved several steps, the first of which was to lay down the main lines of orientation. Most important was the central vertical axis, for this would be the exact center of the painting around which the artist would plan the rest of the composition.
The vertical axis usually marked the center of the main figure, and it was in relation to this line that all .
By the time the painter sat down to begin the sketch he already had in mind the main contents and design of the thangka. Usually, the patron had indicated to the painter precisely which deities he wanted to be depicted.
Sometimes the patron also furnished a diagram that showe the names and relative positions of each figure in the painting, such diagrams often having been composed by the lama of the patron.
When the patron provided .
Rolpai Dorje who is known as the 4th Karmapa wearing the black crown and Khacho Wangpoa was the 2nd Shamarpa.
The Life of Karmapa Rolpai Dorje
In this portion, we are going to learn the life of the Karmapa Rolpai Dorje, after the short etymological description of the word Karmapa Rolpai Dorje itself.
Etymology of Rolpai Dorje
Rolpaie Dorje (1340- 1383) was the fourth Gyalwa Karmapa.
Earlier, we learn about the life of Rolpaie Dorje. Now, we are going .
Another main step is to apply washes for shading and gradual transitions of tone. Shading is called Dang in Tibetan which is one of the special feature of Thangka painting.
Shading is an important feature of thankapainting, taking up a large portion of the time, and is done very carefully and precisely.
Shading in this context does not mean the treatment of light and shadow within the whole composition, for the distribution of light and dark is .
Steps for Preparing a Thanka Painting
The painters of Tibet pursued their art in an orderly and systematic I way. When creating thangkascroll paintings they proceeded through six clearly defined steps:
The first step was the preparation of the painting surface.
Second, came the establishment of a design on that surface by means of a sketch or transfer.
The third step involved laying down the initial coats of paint, and that was followed by .