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

at Oksu-dong, Seoul

I went to Oksu-dong where I could arrive by bus which started from my village. I got off at the terminal of that bus, from where I walked down without any desstination but for sketching. There was a sparkling motorbikes in a row in backyard of Domino Pizza. The chain stores have no tables inside the shops for they usually sell by delivery. There were waiting to run for orders of pizza. Their shining surface caught my eye.
I walked down the street into the Kumnam market which was covered with parasols. When I passed the red pepper shop I stopped to sketch. The female owner came to see the drawing and was satisfied with that she was described as younger and more beautiful. Inside the shop they equipped the grinder for the redpepper. Red pepper is essential in Korean food such as Kimchi especially. And it's right time to buy them for next year and the storaging Kimchi at coming winter. While my drawing this one some customer buyed them and grinding was followed. The hot smell arrived to my nose instantly.

I tried to find the village which had been broadcasted in TV. The village was to be redevelloped soon. I asked the villagers and could confirm that the village on the hill which was drawn far in this drawing. I'll go there again to sketch before those houses were removed before the redevelopment.

In front of the red pepper shop I put my painting gear on the rear of the motor bike in street.



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