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: BOZEMAN, Montana > Paul Heaston

"I started sketching only a few years ago, after years of having sketchbooks but never using them. I started out doing a lot of figurative painting, which can be a very deliberate and time-consuming process, so there's something about the immediate and spontaneous nature of location drawing that appeals to me. At the same time, sketching allows you to really spend time seeing a place, unlike taking a photo. You get the feel of where you are — looking at a sketch can bring me back to all of the sensory experiences involved: the sounds, the smells, the sun in your face or a brisk wind. As an artist, you also come away with a better appreciation of space. I teach drawing at Montana State University, and I try to help my students understand space before anything else, so I've integrated urban sketching assignments into my curriculum.

I enjoy sketching Bozeman, Montana, because it's a small community that might otherwise be overlooked. I've lived in big cities before, and one can sketch there rather inconspicuously as most folks passing on the sidewalk are oblivious. In Bozeman, people aren't shy about seeing what I'm up to, and a lot of them are surprised and excited that I'm drawing this little town, and sharing it with others."

• Paul's blog.
• Paul's art on Flickr.
• Paul's website.

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