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.