Indirect Indenting involves the same creation of deep valleys or grooves in your paper that Direct Indenting does, but... it's applied through a cover sheet, such as tracing paper. That means you can either plan the positions first and then indent, or indent spontaneously and know exactly where each indent is as you apply additional ones.
This comprehensive video introduces you to Indirect Indenting, and explains why the method might not achieve the same pristine lines that Direct Indenting can produce. Because Mike no longer uses this method, the final section follows the use of Indirect Indenting by Master Artist JD Hillberry.
WHAT YOU GET...
Mike suggests you experiment as much as you can with your pencils, erasers, fixatives... and anything else related to your work.
Worried about making errors?
If you're worried about incorrectly positioning an indent, or need to know where existing indents are before adding another - Indirect Indenting might be the solution. Learn how to create a perfectly positioned indent in your paper that your shading will skip over, leaving a white line.
Try Indirect Indenting
Try this exercise to get a feel for Indirect Indenting. Mike walks you through the steps from applying the indents through tracing paper to applying progressively darker shading.
Planning your indents
Indirect Indenting permits you to pre-plan their positions before committing them to your paper. Mike demonstrates the steps involved and alerts you to one of the potential problems with the technique.
Indirect Indenting can suffer from soft edges that collapse under shading. This is why Mike no longer uses the technique, but it can be a very useful method - especially if you need precise positioning.
There are situations where Indirect Indenting has definite benefits. One of those is the creation of intersecting lines. Fibres can easily be lifted by indenting on soft or coarse paper, but Indirect Indenting overcomes this problem.
Indenting or not...
Indenting has many practical uses but in some situations it is not suitable. Mike explains why his use of indenting for the veins in a leaf was not
Indirect, and Direct, Indenting produces a smooth mechanical line that can look false amongst hand-drawn lines. Mike explains the appropriate use of indenting.
Indenting by JD Hillberry
Mike no longer uses Indirect Indenting but he knows an artist who does... See how master artist JD Hillberry used the technique to create a highly realistic leather bag.
Indenting Basics covered Direct indenting. You now know about Indirect indenting. And next time Mike will introduce you to the subtleties of Graphite Indenting.