Neko girls and Yakuza, the best combination possible.
The first step of the chekclist: Develop an idea!
I usually start my works with a brainstorm, thinking thematics, characters, and poses with which I will design the characters.
Never start with a white canvas!
Time to take references!
Artstation is the best place to get some inspiration in order to set the base of the artwork.
Here I collected some catgirls and yakuza arts to develop a moodboard.
Some sketches and notes.
Having a visual representation of your ideas and complement them with some notes are a great way to design a concept art.
Lineart step: anatomy, line quality.
This is one of my favourite parts of my workflow, the lineart. Here I need to polish the previous sketches with a clean stroke that respects the proportions of the character.
In order to maintain the manga style I usually give some darkness at the intersections of the line.
Base color, shadows, and lights.
Last steps: render, composition, canvas design.
Finally, with all the previous steps, I try to merge them by render the colors to get a smoother result. I like to paint the lineart , add details like water drops and glitters.
As you can see, the final composition is different than the previous, and I designed the last one to get a cleaner view of the draws that are more representative of the character and have more work behind.
At the end, I also painted the background with a darker color to make contrast, and some designs related with the thematic and keeping the color palette.
I hope you like the final art.(´,,•ω•,,)♡