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: BOSTON > Fred Lynch

Siesta time in LaQuercia

Left: North Falmouth, Massachussets. Right: LaQuercia, Italy.

"Born and raised in Rhode Island, I now live just north of Boston in the leafy suburban town of Winchester, Massachusetts, with my wife and two boys. I'm an illustrator, an artist and a professor at both Montserrat College of Art (in Beverly, Massachusetts) and Rhode Island School of Design, my alma mater.

For as long as I can remember, I've been creating pictures. Sketching onsite, however, is relatively new to me. As an illustrator, I've spent the better part of my professional life creating imagery to communicate, entertain and inform, the primary focus being on imagination and message. Later in life, I became interested in painting from observation, and started creating still lifes. What a luxury it was to consider and reconsider my every work from every angle, without the tight deadlines of the illustration world.

And later, still, came my interest in creating work about my life, and my foray into the sketching world. Sketching more directly addresses my surroundings and my life, and I've found that there is nothing quite like the challenge of capturing a witnessed scene and an experience, with limited time and materials. Each July, I sketch with my travel class in Viterbo, a small city in central Italy, and for the rest of the year, I can be found in and around Boston, and often on the sidelines of a soccer field, hunched over a Moleskine as my children play."

• Fred's art on Flickr.
• Fred's students blog Drawing Viterbo.
• Fred's website.

Previously on the site: Sketching in Viterbo, Italy.

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