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.

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Meet the correspondents: CÓRDOBA > Álvaro Carnicero

"When I draw I am able to understand better the reality of a landscape or an object. I find it also a social activity, which interweaves the conversation, walks, meals, drawings. It is also fun, relaxing and very satisfying in the end.

I want my drawing to be simple in order to grasp better the complexity and I try to broaden my horizons by learning new techniques. Although it is always easier for me to draw buildings since I'm an architect, or generally static objects that are not alive, I attempt to learn a bit from everything and everyone.

I like to draw cities. They don't interest me so much from the aesthetic or artistic point of view, as from its functional point of view, the way they are. Drawing is a way to understand better a city, and it is perhaps the most sincere souvenir."

• Álvaro's art on Flickr.
• Álvaro's blog.
Relocated to Rzeszów, Poland, July 2015. See Álvaro's post Changes and Beginnings



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