There are a few aspects that make a good pinstriper. The ability to handle a brush, the ability to use just the right amount of paint, the knowledge of when to stop, the ability to draw symmetrically, the ability to create a pattern that is not only cool but works with, not against, the shape of the item that is being striped. Practice. I could go on.

Good pinstriping adds an atmosphere to an item, enhancing or adding qualities to make it seem more complete.

That was my little Zen of Pinstriping lesson.

Most stripes will be laid on cars, motorcycles, or other vehicles, using paint and a striping brush. But trust me, you don't want to start on your car and screw up. And, trust me again here, you will screw up. The ability to see something in your mind's eye and faithfully replicate it in the physical wold is a skill that comes with practice.

Today, we will be practicing on paper, with a Marks-a-Lot marker. These are a pain in the ass for jobs like this, but I'm out of Sharpies and Wal-Mart was having a sale. Now I have 50 of these markers, and I'm getting used to them. Use one kind of marker and stick with it.

Practice basic ways of starting, getting your design even, line weights, spacing, etc. These will pay off when we move on to paint and brushes.

Plus, many things can be striped with a marker, making them that much cooler. I guarantee you will be doodling in pinstripe on everything that will stand still before you're done.

Step 1: Get a Feel for Your Marker

Whatever you're using to stripe with, get a feel for it. Draw cruves, straight lines, perpendicular lines. Vary line weight. You got it so you can control it and do what you want to do with it? Now let's get started.
GREAT piece of advice, i sculpt small portraits, and having that left side to look at helps a lot with the symmetry! Using the peripheral vision also helps with the sizes of the negative spaces.
and the technique to hold the pen or brush?
many thanks both ; ) gonna give a try
basically, you hold the brush between your thumb & forefinger, much as you would a pen. hold it at the ferrule (the green/blue cord wrapping) with the flat side towards you, so the brush looks like a knife ( hence the "sword" name of the brush). you then use one or 2 of the rest of the fingers on that hand to maintain pressure & angle while you stripe. the main thing is consistency. pinstriping is just like making love. just because you do it different than me don't make it wrong lol. look on youtube for videos of stripers in action for a clearer understanding of how-to. -Otto
Similar to holding an exacto knife and making a large, smooth cut. You want to hold one to two inches back from the working tip of the instrument, and focus on where it is going, not so much where it is right now.
pinstriping with markers is honestly something i never have tried. may have to give it a shot later. anyhow, pinstriping is a blast. i encourage everyone to give it a try. right off the bat, it'll bite. lots of practice, screwups, and do- overs later, you'll have it. i've been doing it for about 3 years now, and have done everything from cars, trucks, tip jars, bikes, car parts, mailboxes, even toilet seats! point is, take your time, have fun, and remember, it's just paint! -Otto
*supresses urge to go pinstripe the toilet seat* Thanks Otto!<br/>
It's been ages since I've done pinstriping, I actually picked up a new sharpie from my desk and worked away creating a magnificently squinty bit of stuff on a random page... <br/><br/>Damn you, making me do things that annoy me...<br/><br/><sup>see below for why pinstriping annoys me</sup><br/>
WOW, you're good, enough said
Cheers, I'm not happy with it...
I like your use of straight lines. You don't see stuff like that a lot, but it looks good. And I can feel the annoyance from here.
I always liked putting a nice set of straight lines out as a kind of plane for the curves... Thanks, also I was considering doing a few in PS, want an 'ible...
Pinstripe in Photoshop? It would feed my addiction to image-editing... probably not an addiction I should be feeding, but whatever.
getting addicted to things... how Anarchist
Think about this, changing line width with a couple of clicks, perfect symmetry and you can refine and adjust it any time you feel like it, I would say using vectors is better so I'll have a play with it and see how it goes, I used to pinstripe on notepads all the time but boredom doodling shouldn't be a frustrating exercise so I did cartoons instead...
Very Zen! I'm always impressed by people who have the creativity to bring artistic compositions out of nothing more than curved lines, doubly so for "tribal" patterns (I know they are a little trite, but I love them anyway). The last image reminds me of The Citadel...

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