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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Drink up baby, look at the stars and I'll kiss you again between the bars

"For me visiting a bar is the same cultural experience as going to the theater, museum, watching a movie. It is architecture, music, literature and cinema all in one. Drawing in bars helps to get these things altogether — you only chose the seat with the best view and start spying. Unknown different people around, how they act in the place, how they look in the interior, different stories, different voices, music makes the real mood. So that's where you can get inspiration even without alcohol.

So can you imagine the ideal evening: dark party bar, billie holiday playing, wine shines in the glasses, drops of beer on the table, the smell of cinnamon and somebodies perfume, soft light, beautiful dresses and colors, people laughing. And you can draw it all the way you want!"

• Kate's art on Flickr.
• Kate's website.

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