How do mangaka draw those white lines which are used to distinguish folds and other indications in the black and white manga?

  • Can you give an example? I don't really know what you mean from the textr Jan 25, 2015 at 16:06
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    I'm assuming he means like this: media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyfcm0WHQj1qamhyd.jpg, where Sasuke's pants have white lines, defining the folds.
    – Alex-sama
    Jan 25, 2015 at 20:09
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    It only makes sense to use a white pen/pencil/brush tool or an eraser tool to do it
    – Tenza
    Jan 26, 2015 at 0:32
  • @Alex-sama yeah thats the one . So thatsall? Just an eraser tool ? Lol
    – LoneRanger
    Jan 31, 2015 at 2:54

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There are two ways of making white spaces when drawing; it's either by not inking that part, or plainly drawing with white-out. I don't know about the modern manga-kas but the ones working in traditional media use a fountain pen-type to ink. Though the fountain-pen they use normally don't have the ink inside it as the fountain-pens you can buy in normal stores; they have the drawing head and you dip it in ink, or in wite-out if that's the desired effect.

In practice, the white-out is acting like white ink.

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