Indenting involves creating deep valleys or grooves in your paper that subsequent shading skips over. The result is a pristine white, parallel-sided line, with a sharpness that erasing cannot obtain. Harness the power of indenting by learning how to indent effectively, and how to avoid common problems.
This comprehensive video suggests various indenting tools, introduces you to methods that produce perfect white lines, explains the need to experiment before using it, advises on its appropriate use... and much more.
WHAT YOU GET...
Fed up with erased lines being soft edged? Or not being pristine white? Indenting is what you need. Learn how to create a groove, or indent, in your paper that your shading will skip over, leaving a clean line with crisp edges.
You can't walk into an art store and buy a tool specifically for indenting. Mike suggests a few suitable candidates, displays tools he's used in the past, and introduces you to the two tools he now uses.
Using Your Indenting Tool
Mike explains the basic operation - the creation of a deep, steep-sided groove in your paper.
Mike walks you through the stages involved in indenting a line. And offers advice for shading over it if you are new to indenting.
Indenting Lines and Dots
Indenting your first lines, and how to make them visible. Mike suggests you then set about destroying those lines by shading with increasing pressure. You need to know the limits.
Mike demonstrates the indenting of dots, and suggests suitable uses. As you draw and shade, this technique preserves the whiteness of your paper where it really matters.
An exercise in indenting a wide variety of shapes, lines, and dots. Mike introduces two common problems and explains the causes and solutions.
Indenting or not...
Indenting has many practical uses but in some situations it is not suitable. Mike demonstrates a drawing where the choice of indenting is not
appropriate, and explains why.
Indenting in Use
Indenting cannot be erased, so Mike explains the steps to take that help to ensure your indenting is correctly carried out. That includes maintaining an even pressure - and what occurs when you fail to do that.
A cat, or any other whiskered animal, doesn't have whiskers that just stop - they end in a fine taper. Mike shows you how to taper those ends perfectly.
Mike dissects one of his drawings to show you where indenting was used. He explains why, and shows you how to make an indented line flow into natural drawing.
Seven more examples where indenting produced a variety of effects - from frizzy hair to a top lip's narrow fringe. Mike concludes with general advice on the use of indenting.