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September 28, 2009

Meet the correspondents: CATANIA, Italy > Omar Jaramillo

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"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Since 2007 I have been living in Catania, Sicily (Italy) where I work as a landscape architect.

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.


gabi campanario said...

bienvenido Omar! looking forward to your posts


I agree - creating an image is a great way to really see something, rather than just take a glance.

TIA said...

Greetings from Singapore! Welcome Omar.

enrique said...

bienvenido Omar! He estado siguiéndote en flickr desde hace algún tiempo y me gusta mucho lo que haces

CEDHAR said...

welcome Omar, i really wait of your works!

Asnee said...

greetings from bangkok, look forward to seeing more of these wonderful colors soon.. cheers

Isabel said...

bienvenido Omar saludos desde Mauritania

sanjeev joshi said...

welcome to usk.lovely blog and sketches..looking forward to your future posts

jizogarden said...

Beautiful work, I enjoyed your blog, website and flickr. Looking forward to more :)

Ea Ejersbo said...

Welcome to USk Omar - I'm looking forward to seeing your posts, and catching a glimpse of the city through your eyes.


Excellent drawings - with your permission I would like to feature your drawings and blog on my blog

omar said...

thanks, for the greatings!
Eamonn you can use my drawings for your blog. I will publish 3 different important squares from Torino in the next days.One is suppouse to be the biggest in Europe.