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 Post subject: Sculpting Buddha
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:46 am 
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I wanted to make a Butsudan but didn't exactly find the statue I like. (please feel free to judge me on my shallow attachment :smile: ) So I set out to sculpt one myself. It is inspired by Gandhara style. It was fun and meaningful experience for me to sculpt the Nyorai. It is abit non-traditional looking but I think I am happy with it. Anyway I just want to share him with everyone. Enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:07 am 
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Wow.

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Wonderful.
I would have left the halo off, other than that, wonderful effort.
. . . mind you I could not even sculpt a halo . . . mine would be more like a doughnut.

Hope you do and share more :thumbsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:46 pm 
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Thank you Lobster! The halo is fortunately only taped on because I wasn't sure if I like it. I agree with you though that I probably should take it off :). Thank you for your kind and honest comment!

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:58 am 
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Good work! The neck and collarbones look especially well done.


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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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His physique reminds me of Fudo Myo-o. Maybe some flames behind him might look nice. Wonderful sculpting by the way :smile:

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Thank you for the comments!

Seishin wrote:
His physique reminds me of Fudo Myo-o. Maybe some flames behind him might look nice. Wonderful sculpting by the way :smile:

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I might just sculpt Fudo Myo-o next, well after Kannon Bosatsu (though my Kannon looks nothing traditional). Definitely will be a greater challenge sculpting Fudo Myo-o but it would definitely be a wonderful experience I am sure as it had been with lord Shaka.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Dude, those are some mad sculpting skills! Maybe you should consider doing modern Gandharan versions of Buddhrupas full-time.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Karma Jinpa wrote:
Dude, those are some mad sculpting skills! Maybe you should consider doing modern Gandharan versions of Buddhrupas full-time.

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Thank you Karma Jinpa! Those are very inspirational words for me. I really do like Gandhara style Buddha. I thought of sculpting more Bodhisattvas in Gandhara-inspired style of course with a touch of my own. Maybe one of these days when I am better I can sculpt to sell lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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As a former Classicist (i.e. a student of Greco-Roman culture and languages), I have a certain fondness for the Gandharan style.

What many people perhaps don't know is that without Gandharan Buddhism, scholarship indicates the Mahayana would likely not have survived and thrived.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Karma Jinpa wrote:
As a former Classicist (i.e. a student of Greco-Roman culture and languages), I have a certain fondness for the Gandharan style.

What many people perhaps don't know is that without Gandharan Buddhism, scholarship indicates the Mahayana would likely not have survived and thrived.


I did not know that but I don't doubt it. I know the practice of using statue as the point of veneration started with Gandhara. Prior to that Buddhists use more symbolic symbol like a foot print of the Buddha. I can see how Greco-Buddhism is short lived but profoundly revolutionized Buddhism. Previously as an art student, I just like Gandhara for its realistic look and also have a love for Greeks art as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Wow, really nice job.

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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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Criticism of Buddha statues is discouraged. But I don't think anyone would find fault in this one. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Sculpting Buddha
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I really appreciate all the encouraging words. Thank you. :smile:

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