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: SEOUL > Yong Hwan Lee



"I was born in 1949 and have lived in Seoul since. From my childhood I wanted to become a painter and practiced. But going through the Korean War and the economic development it was so hard for artists to live on painting than these days that my parents never agreed that I went to art college. So I chose architecture at university. Living as an architect over 30 years I kept a hope to be a painter which I dreamt since young. On 1994 I happened to meet several watercolorists who painted every Sunday outdoors. The next week I joined them and have kept painting with them over 15 years. I sketch, paint and finish on the spot before I come home. That's my motto."

• Yong Hwan Lee's blog.
• Yong Hwan Lee's art on Flickr.

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