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

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• The nice folks at e-mailed to say they love Urban Sketchers already. Besides writing this post on their blog, they highlighted US on their daily muse message to their 5,000 subscribers.

• Drawing fans who are registered at stumbleupon are spreading the word and bringing in a lot of traffic, more than 8,000 visits in the last couple of days. Read what they're saying about US here.

• New York's Tommy Kane, who had already tipped Drawn! about US, also published this post at The Little Chimp Society illustration portal, including a fantastic drawing of the Brooklyn bridge.

• Fellow sketcher correspondents in the Iberian Peninsula are also hard at work promoting US. Check out blog posts by Enrique (Madrid), Eduardo (Lisbon), and Lapin (Barcelona).

• We passed one hundred fans on Facebook and 240 people have subscribed to the blog according to Feedburner.

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