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

Meet the correspondents: MONTREAL Marc Holmes

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Hey everyone! Pleased to meet you!

I’m a freelance artist in the games and film industry, currently living in Montreal, Quebec. I'm also the author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location. I've had the privilege of being one of the team of volunteer instructors at the Urban Sketchers symposiums in Lisbon, Santo Domingo, Barcelona, and Paraty. And for a time I was on the USk board, briefly serving as Secretary, today I've stepped back to the Advisory Board.

I’m kind of a late-starter as a sketcher; finally becoming a full time artist at age 40. Part of my method of self-re-training has been obsessive daily sketching – either from the figure model, from imagination, or by placing myself in exotic locales. After a few years of inveterate sketching it’s become a lifestyle.


I have a short attention span, so sketching and designing has always been my ideal form of expression. For me, the artist’s gestural line carries a lot of feeling that can be lost in protracted work. I started keeping sketchbooks while traveling, as a way of recording my experiences in foreign cities, while simultaneously calming my fidgety attention. Sketching actually lets me slow down and pay attention to things. It’s probably gotten a bit out of hand — often, I won’t even stop drawing during a conversation with friends… oh well! What can you do?!

Thanks for checking out Urban Sketchers, and I hope we inspire to to go drawing!


• Marc's Urban Sketching blog: Citizen Sketcher.
• Marc's figure drawing blog (note, artistic nudity, nsfw).
• Marc's book on Urban Sketching with North Light Books.



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