Romano Peppers


Romano peppers are beautiful, elongated peppers with unique curves, interesting lines and a beautiful shiny red silky skin. Try to get hold of some. If you have difficulty you can use a different pepper such a chilli variety, but try and keep it to elongated options.

Sketchbook Project

In your sketchbook make some line drawings based on the contours of the peppers. Turn it around and draw the lines that you see, as the edge of the pepper keeps on changing. Draw fast, allowing lines to overlap. What you draw is what you see, not what you think it 'should look like'.

Keep your focus on the edge of the pepper as you draw. Drawing can be done in marker or with a paintbrush in Paynes gray or black High flow paint.

Artwork Project

For your artwork you will be painting on the watercolour block using a dagger brush, reds, browns and magenta pink from your watercolour set as well as removable masking fluid and a dip pen.

Do not draw the outlines in pencil first, go straight to using a paintbrush and do the same principle as the sketchbook project, but create wider sections using the reds, browns and pink to paint interesting lines of varying thickness and depth of colour. Play with translucency and opaque painted sections.

Once you have a few rows of these, cut the pepper lengthwise and do the same taking into account the rows of seeds. Carefully observe how these are positioned. I used masking fluid to block out the seeds and painted the red background once it dried. For added detail and fine lines I used a dip pen with watercolour paint.

If you'd like to also paint a life size Romano pepper, cut out a shape (do this first) and paint it with watercolour to resemble the example. The action of painting a cut out shape is different than painting on a flat sheet of paper and just the perfect size to use. Also good as a bookmark for yourself or someone else (just saying).


This mini-project is a preparation for the weekend's landscape painting and it is important to create interesting lines based on observation. It is also about using one colour in different depths, from translucent to opaque. Paintbrush techniques and detail with the dip pen and watercolour are also important components to this project.

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