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

have you seen the little piggies



It's cold here in California right now (though probably not as cold as where you might be; we're spoilt with mild winters). Cold and sunny. I got outside for a bit during lunchtime on the UC Davis campus and persuaded the micron pen to come out to play. The ink is very reluctant in the cold, I am finding. This is part of the Silo complex, where sometimes I eat lunch and draw pictures. Urban Davis. The building to the left is the newly renovated Hog Barn (or Pig House, or whatever; I don't know why it needed renovating, maybe it got blown down by the big bad wolf). No pigs here now. There are cows, though, not far away. Davis is famous for them. Scientists do funny experiments with them. Some of them have windows in their stomachs, or so the rumour goes.

I've heard of windows to the soul but to the belly?

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