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 > Jacobo Pérez-Enciso

"I was born in Madrid in 1954 and I am a graphic designer and illustrator.

I love architecture and sculpture. And I love drawing buildings and the urban environment.

I work in Madrid, a city I find pleasant and interesting. This year, following doctors prescriptions, I've decided to put a stop to my stress. I'm taking long walks and rediscovering a city very different from the Madrid I knew, as well as the pleasure of slowing down.

I think drawing is an important way to understand what you see, it makes you change your perception of the world.

I like to draw with a fountain pen, always without any previous pencil sketch. That way you get a stroke with more quality.

My teachers have always been the books that were around my house growing up, especially Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Dufy and Van Loon. I spent hours looking at them and copying the masterpieces.

I'm delighted to join Urban Sketchers, a great initiative."

• Jacobo's art on Flickr.
• Jacobo's website.



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