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: OSLO > Frida



"I live in the heart of Oslo. People here are busy and private, they only care for their own business, and actually leave me alone to observe their environment and sketch them. It’s not as cold in the city as the rumors has it, but you can’t really sit for long outdoors drawing during winter, early spring and late autumn. I’m not very patient anyway. Whenever I start a sketch, I’m immediately looking forward to starting on the next one.

Like others correspondents of Urban Sketchers, I use my sketches to document my life and experiences through the days and keep my sketches in my journals. As a rule I’ve prohibited myself to rip out any pages in my journals. It gives me focus and forces me to commit to my sketches. I’ve always considered myself as fortunate because I have the skill to do what I enjoy the most. Can’t wait to share my greatest joy with you!"

• Frida's art on Flickr.

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