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: NEW YORK > Sharon Frost

"I've been an artist all my life and have lived in New York City since I was in my 20s, where I did my grad work, at Hunter College. I've been in the studio full time since I retired from my day job in the curatorial fold — oh happy day!

I've become more and more dependent on my daily sketchbook activity, even as I continue to work on paper and canvas. The sketchbook has become the heart of my studio practice. Since my husband and I travel a lot to Spanish speaking places (we're both working on fluency in Castellano — both lived in Latin America in ancient times) the scale has slid to easily-transportable small in everything and I'm becoming very attached to holding my work in my hand and thinking about how it fits in my brain.

I love to draw what's around me, what's within my field of vision and see what kind of transactions I can make on the paper as I go along. I add some words that may or may not connect because that's the way my mind works."

• Sharon's blog: Day books.



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