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: LONDON > Katherine Tyrrell



"The best bit about sketching for me is the way it helps to remember a place so much better than any photo I could ever take.

I also sketch because it helps me to 'see' pictures everywhere I go, gives me a better record of colours than photos and helps me draw fast! I use pen and ink and coloured pencils and carry a sketchbook all the time. I love the challenge of creating composite sketches out of the people who come and go in galleries and cafés. However, I'm primarily attracted to finding the green places in an urban environment and the views and heritage associated with the River Thames — like the view of London and the Thames from Greenwich Park in my photo.

I enjoy sharing information about the places seen in my sketches and the practical aspects about good places to go to sketch. I'm using my blog to create a virtual sketch trail about different areas I've visited.

The spine of my London sketch trail is the River Thames and my blog has a record of recent sketches of London in four groups: (1) Central London, (2) the Thames downstream from Tower Bridge and the areas either side — Rotherhithe, the East End, Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf (the new financial centre), (3) Greenwich and (4) Kew Gardens. You can see the images in my online London sketchbook website."

• Katherine's blog: Travels with a Sketchbook.
• Katherine's online sketchbook on her website.
• Katherine's other blog: Making A Mark.

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