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

KEITH HARING'S FLOAT & THE SMURF BALLOON


As we walked from Central Park West past Snoopy and Dora the Explorer toward Columbus Avenue, Keith Haring's balloon came into view. I like it!  According to what I have read, Haring really wanted to have a balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Why did it take so long to make that happen? The guys on the side were checking the lines that hold the sandbags that weigh down the balloon. 
The float at the top is the new Smurf balloon.  A large pumpkin is behind the smurf.  Actually, as we walked down, it turned out that there were two large pumpkins!  Then comes Snoopy.  I do love Snoopy.  I used to make drawings of him when I was a kid. 

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