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: St. ALBANS, UK > Julie Oakley



View of St Albans Abbey from the Redbourn road coming into the city from the north.

"I live in a village on the edge of the small cathedral city of St Albans, near London in the UK. My city used to be the site of Verulamium, which was one of the largest towns in Roman Britain. St Albans is a delightful mix of old and new with a twice weekly street market, so plenty of interesting places to sketch.

I started sketching about three years ago when I realised that I wasn’t going to win the lottery and be able to give up the day job to devote myself to being an artist. My solution was simply to squeeze the art into the spaces in the day.

Over the past couple of years I’ve been focusing on sketching the countryside within a mile of my home and drawing my family but I’m inspired so much by the Urban Sketcher’s site that I’m very keen to share my city with you.

A low boredom threshold means that I can’t seem to stick to the same media or to the same size sketchbook so I expect you’ll be seeing sketches in a variety of styles."

• Julie's blog.
• Julie's art on Flickr.

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