D Project

An Illustrated Documentary of Art and Life in Dharamsala, India

This is a mock-up for the D Project site. It's a framework for the ways in which I will display the images that make up D Project.

D Project is a dynamic primer for those interested in Tibetan Buddhist art, created by the enthusiast initiate. Through the site, I strive to learn and help others learn about this profound art form. 

The following images are created by myself unless otherwise indicated in the caption. 

-J. Cash-Cooper

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                                                                                                                                          from: https://mayulschool.wordpress.com/category/project-info/tibet-at-ku/page/2/

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                                                                                                                                          from: https://mayulschool.wordpress.com/category/project-info/tibet-at-ku/page/2/


Sample Thangka post, 20XX.

NOT CREATED BY ME from: http://www.dhondup.com/sketches/sketch1ML.jpg

NOT CREATED BY ME from: http://www.dhondup.com/sketches/sketch1ML.jpg

NOT CREATED BY ME from: http://www.theorientalcaravan.com/images/Awebtibet/Blue_wrathful_deity.JPG

With Thangka posts, I will showcase the art that I experience and make at the Norbulingka Institute for Tibetan studies. The paintings will either be the results of my study of Thangka, or the work of my artist peers at Norbulingka. These uploads are the inspirational core of  D  Project.

Through these Thangka posts, I will unpack the rich symbolism and iconography of the art form. My goal is to learn and in turn, help others learn about Thangka. 

NOT CREATED BY ME from: http://home.cogeco.ca/~wbernabei/kalsang/thangka/content.htm

NOT CREATED BY ME from: http://home.cogeco.ca/~wbernabei/kalsang/thangka/content.htm

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                       from: http://www.moxiesquirrel.com/blog/thangka-drawings

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                       from: http://www.moxiesquirrel.com/blog/thangka-drawings

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                   from: http://interwovenheart.blogspot.com/2015/04/thangka-painting.html

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                   from: http://interwovenheart.blogspot.com/2015/04/thangka-painting.html


Sample Scenic Drawing, 20XX.

Picture drawn of a street in Dharamsala. 

Thangka is an art form applied directly to life, necessitating full engagement in the lifestyle of those who create it.  A portion of D Project will be devoted to documenting the unique Indo-Tibetan community of Dharamsala. This website explores the connection between Tibetan Buddhist art and the culture that sustains, and is sustained by it. 

My scenic drawings provide an "on the ground perspective" of Dharamsala. Vital to D Project is a detailed rendering of life in Dharamsala. The drawings will range in style from stylized to high fidelity. 


Sample Portraits, 20XX.

Another portion of the site will be dedicated to creating portraits of the people I meet in my host community. If the scenic drawings provide a spatial perspective to D Project, then these portraits will provide a personal aspect. 


To supplement the drawn portraits, I may also upload a photo of the drawn. Since I give the portraits I make to the person, I like to snap a picture to archive the moment.

Below are images of people that I have drawn  in Myanmar, Spring 2014. 


NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from: http://www.kumarithangkas.com/thangkas.html

NOT CREATED BY ME                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from: http://www.kumarithangkas.com/thangkas.html