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

i'm still alive on friday street

Oh how the economy hinges on this one day! They call it Black Friday (presumably because of your mood after hours of tiring and rampant consumerism), the day after Thanksgiving here in the US, when the doorbusting sales bust doors and Christmas sorta kinda y'know begins.
For the record, I did not get up at 4:30am (actually, I did but only because I have an early-rising baby) to stand in line outside Comp USA or wherever in the freezing dark with other baggy-eyed consumistas for that five-per-store laptop. I did that two years ago, just as an experiment, and never again thank you (though I got a nice cheap flat screen monitor). This time I stayed home with baby, watching news reports from the front line of the economy, or 'Target' as it's commonly known. I ventured out later in the day, spending hours in Target and Best Buy in Santa Rosa, on the hunt for Christmas pressies, coming away with a serious headache and no actual bargains, but I did stop to draw a picture of the battle zone. It looks so peaceful, doesn't it.

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