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: LONDON > Adebanji Alade



"I love the look of a plain page spread of my sketchbook, it gets me hungry to fill it with the people I see everyday on the trains, tube and buses in London. I go through the London Transport System armed with my biro or pencil and an A6 sketchbook looking at people's faces and I get high! I love everything about the human face and going through a multicultural city like London serves me with all I need to see, feel and explore. I love sketching on location because it trains my eye and hand co-ordination, something useful for me as a figurative/portrait painter. But most of all I just enjoy the experience of sketching with the people all around me watching, peeping, making comments, getting cross, smiling and best of all asking me to send the sketches to their mail boxes for their personal use!"

• Adebanji's blog.

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