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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Meet the correspondents: BUENOS AIRES > Edgardo Minond



Buenos Aires, calle Caminito, La Boca

"On gray days colors actually show up better in this uncharacteristic neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It was here where Italian immigrants who had just arrived to South America used to settle. It's a very pictoresque place.

It's said that the colors of these houses came from the paint that its residents —lacking many resources— used to get from the fishermen making a stop on the port. This wonderful multicolor patchwork gives the neighborhood a unique identity within the eclectic metropolis of Buenos Aires, a city more French and Italian than Latin American.

Soon I'll be able to show you more drawings of my surroundings here in the Southern Hemisphere."

• Edgardo's art on Flickr.

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