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: PUNE, India > Sanjeev Joshi

"I am an architect by profession and based in City of Pune, Maharashtra state, India. Pune has a population of 3 million people! The city has a beautiful mix of old and new. The British colonial buildings stand next to modern glass facade buildings. Cars and bulluck carts are seen at the same time. So, when I sketch, I do both urban and kind of rural stuff in an urban setting.

I am passionate about sketching as I believe that only when one puts pen on paper, the real observation starts. On tours or outside travels, I don't photograph much, but sketch a lot. I do direct watercolour sketches, carrying just two shades of paint and a small palette.

I also carry my sketchbooks to wherever I go and do pen sketches, I find it convenient to do ink pen sketches. I have many sketchbooks specially bound for this purpose.

Apart from urban sketching, I do practise portrait, watercolour paintings on larger scale, and I enjoy doing calligraphy too!

I have travelled to Asian countries, Far East, Middle East and Europe. My next visit is in May to Bhutan, for painting only!"

• Sanjeev's sketch blog.
• Sanjeev's art blog.



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