On Saturday at my local East Melbourne Library there were Chinese New Year celebrations, including Lion Dancing. There were two Lions (each had two people in it) and a mischievous buddah, accompanied musicians on the drum, gong and cymbal. A fantastic overload of sights and sounds to delight the small crowd . It finished in firecrackers (outside the library) .
It was very challenging to try and capture the constant movement of the characters. They darted up and down, back and forward, in a seemingly impromptu fashion. They jumped up onto the loans desk and bookshelves, in amazingly acrobatic moves. I learnt afterwards that they had not been to the library before this date and it was all made up on the spot.
I am not sure if I could have prepared for sketching this. It required very loose hand, and arm movement. I was trying to juggle multiple coloured pencils and this slowed me down.
It was a lot easier to draw the musicians – this was within my comfort zone !
After the finale of firecrackers outside the library and the ending of the ceremony, I moved back inside to try the deep fried dumplings and Chinese black tea. The makers of these explained the process as I watched and chatted to the library staff.
Chinese black tea with Sarah Cowell from Teasense
Deep fried prawn and pork dumplings with Corona So from Living Cuisine
Totally in my comfort zone here !