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: LISBON > José Louro



"I draw, most of the times, for pleasure. That’s why I rarely draw buildings. When it comes to buildings, drawing becomes more like a punishment. My city happens outdoors and indoors. Like the traffic and the mall. Again, my city, especially an urban city like Lisbon, is about people’s everyday life. I just sit and try to catch the moments that happen in front of me. What interest me are the little things that, I think, no one really cares about. And, when my hand allow, I put these little things in a pedestal. But I know that someday I got to look up and try to draw those damned buildings. Perhaps now, with this invitation to Urban Sketchers, the god of drawing finally put his hand on my shoulder and guides me to do what the rest of the fellows here do so well."

• José's blog: a janela de Alberti

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