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: ORLANDO > Thomas Thorspecken

"I moved to Orlando more than a dozen years ago to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation. For ten years that was a dream job. However after 9/11 the executives decided to close the Orlando studio fearing that people only wanted to see movies created with a computer. Prior to working for Disney I worked in NYC as a freelance illustrator. One of my favorite assignments was a weekly column I illustrated for the Daily News called "Undiscovered Manhattan". This column had me wandering the streets of Manhattan sketching odd historical locations. These last few years I have found myself returning to those journalistic roots. I help instruct traditional animation part time at Full Sail and the remaining time is spent sketching and producing an independent CGI short.

My feeling when I first moved to Orlando was that the whole town must be like the parks, a series of false facades like on a movie set. I missed the culture and variety of New York city. I have been using my sketches to finally try and discover the real Orlando. Sketching is offering me a way to finally put down roots, to become part of a vibrant community that I am uncovering one sketch at a time. People for whatever reason always seem to want to tell me their life's story when I am sketching, so my work puts me in contact with a wide variety of people around town.

Although I have many sketchbooks on my shelves, I only started to share work on the web when I opened my newest sketchbook on a blog I started January 1st of 2009 entitled Analog Artist Digital World. This blog also has sketches I produce with a tablet PC. Starting the blog has been a joyous awakening as I meet artists from around the world. I believe the web has started a new renaissance in art, as artists share there work as it is produced with an audience all around the world. Sketching daily has also awakened in me a desire to further explore local news from an artist's perspective. I wake up every day wondering where my pen, watercolors and sketchpad will lead me next. Everyday is a safari, an adventure."

• Thor's blog.
• Thor's art on Flickr.



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