(Im not so good at english but dont mind that ok?) I know there already is a tutorial about making a drawing clean style, but it is the only thing i can make a tutorial about, and i do it different than most people.
Well first take a picture you want to copy. (Most of the time i copy it but you can improvise if you want) This is someone from the anime air gear, i dont know his name. Just a printscreen from when i was watching the anime.
First do the outlines. (with the line tool and pen thickness 1)It doesnt have to be exactly like the picture, and the hair doesnt have to be with smooth lines. That will come later. Also dont do the eyes, mouth or nose or the lines in the hair, because we'll color it first. (it is easier to not have to avoid those lines)
Now comes the coloring of the face. Wich you should do with the fill tool. You dont have to follow the lines (I dont know how to say that right in english) That will come later too. On this picture i already fill some corners with each time lower pen thicknesses (i dont know if that's a word XD) See next step.
As i said before, to fill the corners you should use the pen thickness. After you used the fill tool to fill the bigger part.
Here i finished the coloring of the face ( apart from the shadow) And started with the coloring of the hair. Wich is exactly the same as add colors to the face. (with the fill tool en pen thickness)
If the shadow is also a big part of the hair, you just draw lines for where the shadow should be and then color it with a darker color.
Here i finished the coloring of the hair (with shadow) and his jacket (also with shadow) and the face (not with shadow :þ)
Drawing the outlines again will also come later :þ
well this was a not so useful step XD
The following step is about the outlines of where the shadow should come. (In the face) .. Just.. draw them XD The part where the eye should be can you fill with shadow to, that is easier, i dont know why it just is XD.
The shadow under the hair and that other eye come ALSO later :þ
I forgot XD the shadow (Sorry for the many times i use the word shadow) On the hair wasn't finished. Now it is, you could do it when you are coloring the hair, but i just forgot. Wel the biggest part of the face is shadowed here, i also used those pen thickness for the corners the face makes with the hair.
by the way, you also could have started with the shadow and then do the lighter color.
I have a tip:
Use transparacy to find a shadow-ish colour that matches the previous colour you already added. Put it on the other colour then you put the transparency on 100%, and select eyedropper. The get a normal pen and you can use that color. it's easier because you won't get a darker colour if you accidentely blend the colours I wasn't sure if you already knew this but i thought, it couldn't hurt.
Here i add the outlines again. As you can see the drawing is not so clean, therefore you should use the zoomtool to see the details and then you can fix little mistakes such as color outside the lines. Add color where it is needed.
Then you get this
Here i added the light in his hair and some more lines to make look more like hair. Then it is not so flat any more :þ.
Well This is the end drawing. Here i added the shadow under the hair. And ofcourse the eyes. I do them last because im very bad at drawing eyes and i postpone it as long as possible XD. Because without eyes the drawing is cool ^^. And with them its crap. Just like the drawings i made not so long before this one. (different styles where im not good at) Also i added the eyebrows and shadow for the left eye.
Those black thingys in the eyes ( i dont know what they're called in english) actually shouldnt be there but without them i felt like he is dead because he was looking at all or something.
Well again, sorry if you dont understand what i was saying because the grammatics are wrong or i dont know.