Two of my ex-neighbors (they moved, I’m still here) had a baby they named Lydia Jane. Her mother is Chinese and her father is Dutch. So I was wondering about her, and things like, What will she look like when she gets older? What color will her hair be, her eyes, her skin? And what will it be like the first time she visits relatives in China? Will she find it strange, or wonderful?
In this piece, I wanted to make the background as interesting as the subject, without losing the focus of the main character. I’ve also been experimenting with a more delicate line, with less emphasis on heavy inks (on inkyboy? Horrors!).