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: TORONTO > Jerry Waese

"I don’t know why but I have always loved art, and being able to show something to another person – to describe things handily with a few implements.

A black crayon was critical by 7 years of age but clay or plasticine was also a big favorite as a child.

As a student I was crazy for black pens and I doodled figures and shapes in all my texts, even organic chemistry. My guide was Hokusai and his Manga.

Later I scraped pens and pencils into the makeshift plywood desks at construction sites, during my stint as a house builder, and I went cuckoo with duplication techniques like reducing photocopiers or diazo printers.

Later it was computers and animation – the RGB of individual pixels and rectangular bit blit operations in graphic chips, tv show animation, robot vision and multilayer paintbox computer stop frame claymation.

How did I not know that I needed to draw and paint until I was in my 40’s?

I love color movement and shape:

In the last two years I have been sketching as my painting studio is not set up and I can’t crank out works on canvas so easily, but I really love the small paper format, (mostly seven inch by seven inch books) the portable kit., and the treasure that a 160 page sketchbook becomes once it is filled.

I am working in my ninth such book now and I am back to a deep appreciation of the crayon, especially the black crayon.

Every jacket has at least some form of sketchbook in it, and a pen or pencil and a sharpener."

• Jerry's art on Flickr.



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