Graphite Indenting, and associated Graphite Resist, involves the creation of deep valleys or grooves in your paper. And, unlike Direct and Indirect Indenting, it produces very thin grey lines. Those lines are full of fine clay and graphite - the "resist" that softer grades cannot cling to.
The indented lines form fine highlights within areas of dark shading, which is particularly useful when drawing hair.
This in-depth video explains, and demonstrates, how and why Graphite Indenting works, with practical advice on its use.
WHAT YOU GET...
Mike introduces you to the concept of Graphite Indenting, and using hard grades to "resist" soft grades - which he calls Graphite Resist. They combine to create sharp, thin grey lines within darker shading.
The problems with erasing
Erasing, as Mike explains, creates white lines, or hairs, with soft edges. And returning graphite shading to the original, pristine white of your paper is not guaranteed.
The paper's tooth
The paper's tooth is often flattened by erasing and, combined with graphite/clay filled pits, soft graphite has problems adhering. This is equally true of perfect, pristine tooth, as Mike explains. But you can make positive use of this "problem" and turn it into an advantage.
The structure of graphite
The crystalline structure of graphite determines how it performs. An animation describes the structure, and explains why conventional erasing fails to be fully effective.
Graphite pencil grades
Graphite Indenting depends on knowledge of the paper's tooth, and the different graphite/clay mixes used in the various grades of pencil. Mike explains in an easy to understand way.
Hard over Soft...
Hard grade over soft, and a soft grade over hard. Mike demonstrates and explains why one is possible, and has advantages, but the other can encounter problems.
Try this: write a word with a hard grade. Then shade heavily over the word with a soft grade. Mike guides you along the way.
Mike demonstrates his most common use of graphite indenting - creating the radial flecks and striations in an eye. These are permanent, so subsequent erasing and re-shading can take place without the striations being affected.
Mike explains how he used Graphite Indenting to, necessarily, speed up the drawing of two goats - destined to be a present for his wife Jenny.
A practical, step-by-step, demonstration of creating bright highlights in dark hair using graphite indenting.
Step by step
Applying the technique of graphite indenting, step-by-step, in a close-up view. And advice on using it to create clearly defined highlights in hair.
Mike offers advice on the uses of graphite indenting. And a warning that you should consider before using it.