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: ANGOULÊME, France > Thibault Balahy

"I live in Angoulême, France, and create comics. I also teach design to art students. My love for drawing is an old passion for seeing and understanding eveything around me by the way of line. But drawing on sketchbooks is a new thing for me. I began to fill notebooks in my city with a friend —a very good watercolour artist— four or five years ago.

It's a good thing to improve my drawings by observing the landscapes, architecture, human posture, faces and so on. My notebook follows me and I put in my impressions. I can draw in different places: rock festivals, cultural events, or in ordinary places: at home, in a café, on the beach. For me it's a time to take a breath and concentrate, like a little meditation. It's my contemplative side. I'm looking for a kind of spontaneity, trying to capture things quickly. I'm looking for a "live" drawing, and a drawing of life.

I also like the communication and reaction that I get from other people's sensitivity, whether they tell me in person or on the blog."

• Thibault's blog.
• Thibault's art on Flickr.
• Thibault's website.
• Thibault's comics.

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