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: TORONTO > Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Sasha Yuditskaya

"We are Tatyana and Eugene, a Russian born artist and architect couple living in Toronto.

We met in Jerusalem, Israel, where we were working at the time on independent art projects. In little more than three years after creating "Editions Tchai" we have published 12 titles in English, French and Russian.

Those small run editions include illustrated classic literature, independent graphic novels, and anthology of memoirs, dedicated to the history of classic art education in Russia and carnets de voyages. Our latest project, “Toronto Graffiti,” was presented at the 9th International Biennale of Carnets de Voyage in the City of Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergne, France.)

Probably because living in an urban environment it’s a same kind of adventure as traveling to exotic places. As long as we live in a certain place we document our life and draw a stories about it. So sketching in a sketchbook turns out as writing a traveler journal somewhere in a Caribbean Island.

Lately photos usually get dumped out in all kind of storages but sketchbook pages are always begging to be browsed again and again. It’s magic."

• Eugene and Tatyana's blog, Toronto, Canada.
• Eugene's art on Flickr.



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