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: OSLO > Guillaume Bonamy

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"Hi, My name is Guillaume Bonamy, a French citizen living in Oslo, Norway.

I have roamed the Earth for ten years now, recording all the beauty it deigns to share. Be it just round the corner or around a mountainside, in the heart of a forest or the bowels of a casino, I take note of those moments of shared joy, sorrow, of discoveries and meetings.

Guided by nature for the choice of tools, media, supports and composition, for the most appropriate means to maintain our dialogue and record my impressions. Each moment, each place unique, with its own particular language that I try to put down on paper by drawing or painting. From California to Hawaii, France, Spain, Germany, Malaysia or Norway I recorded, translated and interpreted.

I have lived in Oslo since April 2008. Here, life is characterised by a contrasting nature and changing climate. The topics are varied, and you have to learn patience to catch each moment in order to tame this city. The many activities on offer in Oslo are often linked to nature, and the sketches do not escape this rule.

From the marina that wakes from its winter sleep in April, to the sound of the repairing of ship hulls, the cross-country ski trails directly accessible from the city's metro line, the bars with their terraces full of people in summer, and even in wintertime, when the customers keep warm will under blankets, the colourful islands around the city front or the fjord with its permanent flow of sea traffic, Oslo lives, and every day I discover a little more."

• Guillaume's blog.
• Guillaume's art on flickr.

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