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: MADRID > Fouad Dakhouch

"There's a feeling I really love.

When you throw a pebble into a calm pond and you let the waves capture your mind and all your senses.

That's how I feel when I draw, when I'm able to put on paper what I'm seeing.

I don't remember the artist who once said: "I don't know anything until I have drawn it." Those words ring in my ears every time somethings captures my eye.

I started drawing in Morocco. People I knew and also copying cartoons, which is another fixation of mine. When I go to Morocco the light is a different universe, the architecture is a wonder and senior citizens with their unique expressions and traditional garments are authentic walking masterpieces.

Now I've been living in Madrid for a long time. I like to observe its people, I enjoy the diversity and I think that's why I've always been attracted to portraits. Faces always seem mysterious to me. No matter how many thousands I've seen, they always amaze me. I also like to draw other subjects but one of my favorite exercises is to take the subway and collect hundreds of faces and characters in my sketchbook. It's addictive.

So, after regretting not having my sketchbook with me at times when I wanted to draw, now I've decided never to part ways with it.

We are one now."

• Fouad's blog.



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