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: FLORENCE > Alessandro Andreuccetti



"I live in San Gimignano, a small medieval town in Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. I studied art and architecture in Florence several years ago and really love this fantastic city. Now I like to walk along the banks of the Arno river and along the small streets of the old town, smelling the air full of history of Renaissance palaces, where Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo and many other great artists lived and worked.

I love sketching these buildings and people who travel these roads and I like to portray the many statues that decorate the city, similar to witnesses and guards. I take notes on moleskine and then revise them in my study.

My sketching tools are the moleskine, some fountain pens Lamy Safari with black waterproof ink Noodle's, Winsor & Newton watercolors."

• Alessandro's art on Flickr.
• Alessandro's website.

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