The idea came up roughly when I was talking to myoo89 about Nikolai Fraiture often being called Niko by some people, and it kinda sounds like ‘neko’. And then I doodled Nikolai as a cat. And then the rest of The Strokes as well.
Also I was inspired by purplekecleon 's art. how they draw & color things. I’ve always wanted to master lineartless drawings with crazy gradients from a limited color palette. so I tried it out on this one.