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

Spring in New Zealand

Farmers Market, Britomart, Auckland 25.10.09

By Murray Dewhurst
Auckland, New Zealand

USkflickrfaveA supremely sunny spring day in Auckland saw the whole family cycling down to the Britomart area to sample what the farmers market has to offer. We stocked up on some much prized (in our house anyway) spicy Harissa, had a coffee while the kids played in the fountain square trying to dodge the random jets of water — until they were soaked of course! This area seems to be improving as a destination, all that is needed now is to keep the cars out!

This drawing and caption were shared on our Flickr group by USk member Murray Dewhurst, an illustrator and graphic designer in Auckland, New Zealand. See previous flickr faves.

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