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: JAKARTA > Dhar Cedhar



"I began outdoor sketching in the 80s, but the sketches were still unorganized. It was not until 2001 that I began sketching on sketchbooks of various types and sizes.

At the beginning, I made sketches only as an exercise and documentation of various objects that served as important visual reference. For an illustrator, visual reference is very important in supporting the quality of pictures to be made. Recently, the sketching turns from simple visual reference into an art expression as well as a medium of socialization between me, the sketcher, and my surroundings.

I was born in 1966 in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. In mid 1994, I moved to Jakarta and worked as an illustrator until 2000. Since 2001, I have been a freelance illustrator and owner of KACITA, a visual design company.

Out of my routine, I do outdoor sketching around the city. There are thousands of multi-complex problems at all sides of life in metropolitan Jakarta. Urban society in crowded areas, river banks and railway sides, traditional market merchants, walking merchants, and community of middle-to-high class at luxurious cafés or malls are all interesting subjects for sketching on a sketchbook. Of course, it needs a hard effort to make it."

• Cedhar's blog.

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