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

Meet the correspondents: SANTO DOMINGO > Nathalie Ramirez

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"Drawing has been to me my most faithful mirror. 'A drawing never lies' I heard someone dear to me say once, and boy is it true.

I grew up surrounded by paintbrushes and music on this half island called Dominican Republic. I have always believed that I carry this craving for art in my blood, my grandfather was a self taught painter, my mother a painting teacher, my father an architect.

At high school I thought I wanted to go on and study advertising, yet a friend advised me to go to a wonderful design school, Altos de Chavon, in a town here called La Romana. I graduated in Fine Arts and Illustration. From there, I went on to Parsons in New York City, and a fantastic teacher opened my eyes and heart to the world of reportage drawing.

It has become an intrinsic part of my life now. I'm always willing to learn and grow from the experience of drawing life as it's happening around me. It's a priceless gift, and although I cannot say I haven't run into frustrating moments, drawing is always there for me, as my eyes, as my hands, as my voice."

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



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