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

New correspondents

The Urban Sketchers network is growing. We have a few more correspondents joining the blog on Dec. 1st. Their introductions will be running over the next few days. Heres's a sneak peak at the talented group:

Antonia Neyrins — Paris, France.
Byung Hwa Yoo — Seoul, Korea.
Cathy Johnson — Kansas City.
Gérard Michel — Liège, Belgium.
Juliana Russo — São Paulo, Brazil.
Julie Oakley — St. Albans, UK
Karen Winters — Los Angeles, USA.
Lydia Velarde — San Diego, USA.
Liz Steel — Sydney, Australia.
Martin Etienne — Paris, France.
Melanie Reim — New York, USA.
Milind Mulick — Pune, India.
Quek See Hong — Singapore.



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