Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Drawing more attention

We haven't even started yet but there's already some expectation about Urban Sketchers (US). What some folks are saying:

• Armand Frasco (Moleskinerie) says in this post that "this site promises to be one of the best around."

• Katherine's Tyrrell (Making a mark) picked up Armand's post and added US to her list of art blogs who made a mark this week.

• Canadian journalist Renato Zane illustrated his post about US with his own sketches.

Content Design Group, a design firm based in Jacksonville, Florida, has a post about US on their blog and wonder who's going to be our correspondent in Jacksonville.

• And last but not least, Bilkent University Preparatory School in Ankara, Turkey, also blogged about US here. In a very nice e-mail, their art teacher told me how this blog would be a great resource for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are learning about using sketchbooks. So, there you go, the future generation of urban sketchers is already watching.

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