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

Virginia Hein

"I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t drawing.

The other day a woman saw me sketching and asked me where I learned to draw… I was surprised by the question, but realized that behind it was her desire to draw, we chatted a bit and I made some suggestions. I thought about this later… yes, I was trained in art school, but in truth I’ve been learning to draw since I could pick up a crayon, and I still feel I’m learning every time I draw! I wouldn’t want it any other way!

I was born in Los Angeles, California, and the city and surrounding area continue to be a favorite subject. My studio is in nearby Pasadena. I love many things about this area… I’m drawn to places that feel like the “old” Los Angeles (which is relative of course!). I never tire of the effects of atmosphere (what some unkindly call smog!), the verticals of the palm trees and horizontals of freeways… and the many brush-covered hills. And, wherever I travel along comes the sketchbook, and I fall in love with places through drawing them. I think my work is becoming progressively more gestural — more about the feeling I have about a place than factual representation.

I’ve made my living as a toy designer, illustrator, and also teach drawing and design. I’ve always drawn and painted whenever possible — however, maintaining a constant sketchbook habit is something I’m doing now more than ever — especially since discovering Urban Sketchers! I’m delighted to be a correspondent!"

• Virginia's art on flickr.

Los Angeles Hill in November



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