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

More drawings from the London class

In the morning this Thursday, we explored the strong architecture of the Barbican Centre, a place where people can seem very small next to towering buildings, where bright open spaces are often strongly contrasted with dark cavernous areas, and where walkways on different levels can seem a bit like a warren

The first drawing focused on the scale and the light. In the second drawing I wanted to do two things: firstly explore the sense of people on the walkways on different levels dominated by the architecture, and secondly to experiment with ways of not letting the edges of the rectangle of paper determine where the drawing should start and stop. Drawing with the board on a diagonal was an interesting way to draw, and I soon found I needed to extend the paper along one direction...

In the afternoon, more drawing of light and shade, and scale of architecture - this time in the interior of the magnificent St Bartholomew's Church at Smithfield - a church that has been at the heart of this important area of London for a thousand years. I have to confess that I'd never been inside before. If you're in London, don't miss it - it's a quietly powerful gem of a building.

The autumn light faded and the church got darker. The drawing's not finished because I ran out of time, but I'm also not sure what I'd do next, anyway..



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