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

Meet the correspondents: MOSCOW > Zhenia Vasiliev

"Drawing in the city for me is the chance to somehow get involved into a part of city life which otherwise would go unnoticed. It is amazing how little we actually see, compared to everything that happens around us when we walk down the street, ride on a bus or sit in a cafe. When you draw, you have to look at the things in a different way, more accurately, you have to keep them in mind to draw them how they really are. I love sketching in new places, but even a usual street which I've walked up and down a thousand times is still an eternal source of inspiration, and that's what I love about drawing most of all. The trick is not to fall into mechanical reproduction of the same windows, road signs and cars all the time, you have to find something unique in every seemingly boring everyday objects, because they truly have their own life and character. My challenge is to find and express that character."

• Zhenia's blog.
• Zhenia's art on Flickr.



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