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: SÃO PAULO > Eduardo Bajzek

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"I was born in 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil, and I still live in this city.

My passion for drawing led me to the architecture college and later to the architectural illustration field during my professional life.

For a few years I tried to establish myself as an architect, but I realized that working on construction sites wasn't easy for me because of the huge stress related to this activity.

In 2003, I chose working only with illustration, and since then I have been producing hundreds of artworks for construction companies, real state offices and architecture firms.

One great Australian illustrator, named John Haycraft, encouraged me to practice drawing on location, and in 2008 I bought my first sketchbook, which was soon inaugurated in a trip to Italy and Switzerland. Drawing in the streets in the middle of people, feeling and absorbing each particularity of the cities was a fascinating discovery.

The sketchbook was a good way for me to control my tendency to detail and overworking.

To accomplish that I created myself a rule: no later additions on the sketches. Well, I've broken this rule once or twice but I'm still focusing on that. When I'm traveling with my wife I don't have so much time to spend on each drawing, what requires faster sketches as well. However, my wife has just started her own sketchbook and she is very, very patient now!

Being an architect, I tend to make line drawings. Sometimes I use watercolor but I always bring with me a small set of markers, which is easier to deal with. I've been trying to focus not only on buildings and to apply different techniques. In this sense, this community is a great opportunity for me to learn more about different styles and ways to see the world.

The sketchbook also represents a new phase in my life: the searching for improvement and also a new course of my career."

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

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