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: KILKENNY, Ireland > Roger O'Reilly


"I’m based in Kilkenny, Ireland, having relocated from the capital, Dublin, three years ago.

I started filling in sketchbooks in earnest again about eight years ago. Like many professionally employed in the creative industry, I draw every day as part of my work and found little inclination to sketch until I went on a lengthy sojourn to India.

With plenty of time on my hands and immersed in an amazing and unfamiliar environment, I found myself filling in a sketchbook a week. I’ve never looked back.
One thing sketching teaches you is to look at the unremarkable and over-familiar anew. I’ve found a thousand inspirations right outside my door.

I don’t have any preferences as regards what to sketch – people, buildings, nature are all grist to my mill. I also relish the opportunity to use what I’ve to hand. Pencils, paints, coffee grinds, a screwdriver and tin of shoe polish – whatever – I’ll use it to make marks, to visually report.

For me sketching brings you closer to the source. You’re drawing out of time. Sketching unlike photography is a record of time passing, of what moves and is replaced, a montage of fleeting moments. Even where you’re drawing stationary objects you have a unique opportunity to choose what’s emphasized, what’s pushed to the background.

Photography shows us what we looked like, illustration shows us how we perceived ourselves."

• Roger's blog.
• Roger's website.

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