Process! So much Process.
This thing has four steps, First I do a general pose reference drawing, I then try to put some flesh on that drawing in a very doll-like fashion. The entire point here is to attempt to enlighten myself on problem areas and things that need fixing in the pose, Then I take that a step further and detail; but extremely roughly.
Aand finally I try to draw a final version. I need to add even more detail to the final version as it stands right now, but this was quite a bit of work already and I’d like to find more reference for samurai armour sets before I set anything in stone about the design.
So, enjoy octopus samurai girl.(I may add more tentacles)