Digital Thangka is creating Digital Thangkas
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patrons

$158
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My name is Fred van der Zee and I am a digital thangka painter

"I have always regarded my thangka’s bigger than myself"


I am not an artist, I am an artisan: I create dharma products for use in Buddhist teachings and practices. This deeply-felt conviction is the source of my mission:
“to offer the global community thangka images, firmly rooted in Tibetan painting traditions but with the perfection of the digital age.”
 
I started studying thangka painting in 2008 with Andy Weber, a renowned Western thangka painter. Although all my images are entirely painted digitally, they follow centuries old rules, measurements and colour schemes. Since I take great care in using the correct iconography, you can use them in visualization meditation and your daily Buddhist practice. Of course they can also be enjoyed as the beautiful art pieces they are.

In 2017 I took a big leap of faith: I quit my job, sold my house and possessions, to become a fulltime thangka painter. I had some unemployment benefit and hoped I could muster enough sales and donations to live from.
In the beginning of 2018 I took a next step: offering my digital thangkas for free, and try to live solely from donations. In this way everyone could enjoy and use my images, regardless of country, wealth or social status.

March 2018 I started this campaign with a slightly different set-up, based on gradually releasing all of my thangkas for free download. But things change, as they always do...

New approach
Last year my income consisted mostly of some unemployment benefit, supplemented by my patrons’ support and an occasional donation (by the way: thanks for that, you all rock!).

From February 1st 2019 however, my benefit will stop!


So it is time for a new approach and I urgently need more people to get involved in Digital Thangka painting! I have done some calculations and for a bare minimum of living, I need 364 patrons more based on a monthly pledge of $1 (or 182 with $2 etc., you catch my drift).

There is one important detail: I only need this for a limited time
– from February 1, 2019 to November 1, 2020. So for a mere $ 21 in total, you will participate in the creation of beautiful thangkas, for all to enjoy and to use in Buddhist practice!

But wait, there’s more…


Starting last week of September 2018, I will released more of my digital thangkas as a free download. Every first day of the next month I will add more, until at the January 1st, 2019 all my thangkas will be available for free!

For me this is another big leap of faith, but I am sure there will be 364 patrons out there somewhere to support Digital Thangka painting!






Links

Free downloads: https://www.digitalthangka.com/free-downloads/
My entire portfolio: https://www.digitalthangka.com/portfolio/
My Facebook workshop, where you can follow the creation of my thangkas: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalThangkaArtistPage/
My Facebook gallery with my finished thangkas and some pictures of clients: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalThangkaGallery/



My main project at the moment is the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha (with 53 detailed pictures, but I am also working on some other thangkas.
About the images 
My thangkas are offered on an A1-size in high resolution (at least 300dpi); the format of the image is .jpg.
You can download a thangka image of your liking and use it freely: print it, use it on your website, you can even sell prints from it (donations and a reference to me are welcome in this case)

There are only two conditions:
  • these are Buddhist images, treat them with respect please
  • do not change an image in any way, such as adding other imagery or text, crop them (meaning you cannot cut off parts of it) or change it colours.
If you need another version of an image, please contact me so we can work out the details.

Three types of images will not be included. Firstly, some customers commission specific thangkas and want them to be kept personal. Secondly, some of the images for my indiegogo campaign Painting the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha will only be made available for my backers. Thirdly: a lot of tantric images are only meant for certain Buddhist practitioners; you can only acquire these images on request, so feel free to contact me to discuss your needs (and credentials). Don't worry though, this still leaves a massive amount of free thangka images.
Tiers
Good karma and...
$1 or more per month 36 patrons
Supporting the creation of dharma objects creates not only good karma for this and future lifes, it is also a means to purify built-up negative karma. 


Your monthly gift will also help me spreading Buddhist teachings through my courses: meditation and explaining the Buddhist iconography is an integral part of my teachings.


And last but not least: you set my thangkas free for everyone to enjoy and use in Buddhist practice.

Goals
$158 of $543 per month


When reaching this goal, I will have offer all of my current and future thangkas for free to the global community to enjoy and use!
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My name is Fred van der Zee and I am a digital thangka painter

"I have always regarded my thangka’s bigger than myself"


I am not an artist, I am an artisan: I create dharma products for use in Buddhist teachings and practices. This deeply-felt conviction is the source of my mission:
“to offer the global community thangka images, firmly rooted in Tibetan painting traditions but with the perfection of the digital age.”
 
I started studying thangka painting in 2008 with Andy Weber, a renowned Western thangka painter. Although all my images are entirely painted digitally, they follow centuries old rules, measurements and colour schemes. Since I take great care in using the correct iconography, you can use them in visualization meditation and your daily Buddhist practice. Of course they can also be enjoyed as the beautiful art pieces they are.

In 2017 I took a big leap of faith: I quit my job, sold my house and possessions, to become a fulltime thangka painter. I had some unemployment benefit and hoped I could muster enough sales and donations to live from.
In the beginning of 2018 I took a next step: offering my digital thangkas for free, and try to live solely from donations. In this way everyone could enjoy and use my images, regardless of country, wealth or social status.

March 2018 I started this campaign with a slightly different set-up, based on gradually releasing all of my thangkas for free download. But things change, as they always do...

New approach
Last year my income consisted mostly of some unemployment benefit, supplemented by my patrons’ support and an occasional donation (by the way: thanks for that, you all rock!).

From February 1st 2019 however, my benefit will stop!


So it is time for a new approach and I urgently need more people to get involved in Digital Thangka painting! I have done some calculations and for a bare minimum of living, I need 364 patrons more based on a monthly pledge of $1 (or 182 with $2 etc., you catch my drift).

There is one important detail: I only need this for a limited time
– from February 1, 2019 to November 1, 2020. So for a mere $ 21 in total, you will participate in the creation of beautiful thangkas, for all to enjoy and to use in Buddhist practice!

But wait, there’s more…


Starting last week of September 2018, I will released more of my digital thangkas as a free download. Every first day of the next month I will add more, until at the January 1st, 2019 all my thangkas will be available for free!

For me this is another big leap of faith, but I am sure there will be 364 patrons out there somewhere to support Digital Thangka painting!






Links

Free downloads: https://www.digitalthangka.com/free-downloads/
My entire portfolio: https://www.digitalthangka.com/portfolio/
My Facebook workshop, where you can follow the creation of my thangkas: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalThangkaArtistPage/
My Facebook gallery with my finished thangkas and some pictures of clients: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalThangkaGallery/



My main project at the moment is the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha (with 53 detailed pictures, but I am also working on some other thangkas.
About the images 
My thangkas are offered on an A1-size in high resolution (at least 300dpi); the format of the image is .jpg.
You can download a thangka image of your liking and use it freely: print it, use it on your website, you can even sell prints from it (donations and a reference to me are welcome in this case)

There are only two conditions:
  • these are Buddhist images, treat them with respect please
  • do not change an image in any way, such as adding other imagery or text, crop them (meaning you cannot cut off parts of it) or change it colours.
If you need another version of an image, please contact me so we can work out the details.

Three types of images will not be included. Firstly, some customers commission specific thangkas and want them to be kept personal. Secondly, some of the images for my indiegogo campaign Painting the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha will only be made available for my backers. Thirdly: a lot of tantric images are only meant for certain Buddhist practitioners; you can only acquire these images on request, so feel free to contact me to discuss your needs (and credentials). Don't worry though, this still leaves a massive amount of free thangka images.

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Tiers
Good karma and...
$1 or more per month 36 patrons
Supporting the creation of dharma objects creates not only good karma for this and future lifes, it is also a means to purify built-up negative karma. 


Your monthly gift will also help me spreading Buddhist teachings through my courses: meditation and explaining the Buddhist iconography is an integral part of my teachings.


And last but not least: you set my thangkas free for everyone to enjoy and use in Buddhist practice.