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

Bonecos de Bolso em Reguengos

Monsaraz
Monsaraz is a beautiful fortified small town in Alentejo (Portugal). In every street and corner there are beautiful details to draw. Recently the building of a huge dam / reservoir has deeply changed the views to the neighborhood. Where there was only countryside you can see now an endlessly water surface.
MONSARAZ, Pátio da Cisterna
After posting some sketches I was invited by ADIM, a local association, to show my sketchbooks. This happened last summer in a cozy gallery called Casa dos Sapos and I was very happy with it. Next week the show will move to Reguengos, a neighbor town, and will be installed in an old granary, together with the wonderful photos of Jurgen Irp

CASA DOS SAPOS, Monsaraz
You can find some more sketches of Monsaraz in BONECOS DE BOLSO

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