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: SINGAPORE > Tia Boon Sim



"Everyone calls me Tia and I am an architect by training but choose to be an art and design educator in Singapore.

Since April 2007, I have been spending most of my Saturday mornings combing the streets in Singapore. I started a location drawing on Club Street after buying two beautiful sketchbooks and there is no stopping since. I use Lamy foundation pens to draw and sometimes, in watercolors. I love to wander around Club Street lined with two rows of buildings which are called ‘shophouses’ in Singapore.

Shophouses are ornamented with classical motifs and typified by a connected covered walkway called ‘five-foot way’ on the ground floor. I also like to feel the mood, hear the street sounds from the beautiful rejuvenated street that is so rich in history and yet so modern and lively.

This drawing is done sitting outside a café with my morning coffee at the five-foot way across the street. The power of sketching and drawing on location is dynamic and Club Street acts as a catalyst to encourage cultural dialogue across generations.

Club Street is a place where I will never tire of exploring day and night. It is exuberant, mystical, charming and a happening place. Club Street, like other rejuvenated areas, is also a place filled with wild, unruliness, chaos and decadence because of the number of nightclubs, pubs and spas that had mushroomed in the recent years in the neighborhood."

• Tia's blog.
• Tia's art on Flickr.
• Tia’s website.

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