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: SAN FRANCISCO > Martha McEvoy

"I love to sketch urban environments, especially when natural and manmade elements collide. It is in these spaces that cities express their vitality and unique personality. I do a lot of sketching in cafes and bars as well as on the street or, in inclement weather, from my car. Whether in my hometown of Berkeley or throughout the greater Bay Area I find endless sketching inspiration.

My favorite pages are captured when unexpected opportunities arise so I keep my little sketching kit close at hand. Sketching also gives me the motivation to travel, alone or with others. It provides a purpose for my trips and outings; rather than feeling indulgent I become a noble explorer. I love that sketching is a solitary activity yet can place and ground me in the middle of crowded, lively scenes. My sketchbook is a true friend: it goes with me everywhere, shares my adventures, saves me from boredom, and keeps me company."

• Martha's blog: Trumpetvine Travels.
• Martha's art on Flickr.



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