Sketchbook #11: Ying Li


 “Ducks’ Ditty”
All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

From “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame (full poem here)

The ducks don’t like it. They say:
Why can’t fellows be allowed to do what they like when they like and as they like, instead of other fellows sitting on banks and watching them all the time and making remarks and poetry and things about them? What nonsense it all is!”

Nonsense or not, I love the sense of humor in this sketch of ducklings a-dabbling in the center protected by two adults. Spontaneous and immediate, yes, but there is a sketch for this sketch (see below.)

Ying Li’s drawings make me wonder “Do we really need to travel so much when it’s so obvious the world is in constant motion all around us?










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