Yakuza girlMedia: Pencil, Photoshop 7, Pixelmator 1.6 and a Wacom Graphire graphics tablet
A Yakuza showing off her octopus back tattoo.
While searching for reference images I came across Yakuza Moon; a memoir written by the daughter of a Japanese mafia boss. She doesn't cover the Yakuza in great detail but does talk about her early life as a Yanki. I picked up a cheap copy on Amazon and found it to be an interesting insight into a part of Japanese culture I had previously only seen in Kamikaze Girls.
UPDATE: After spending a very long time mucking around with this painting I've finally got it to a point where I think I can leave it. It's not exactly how I originally envisioned but I want to move on to other work.