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: SEMARANG, Indonesia > Rudi Hartanto

"I was born in 1967 and always enjoy drawing since my childhood.

As an architect, I feel that freehand drawing has been and still is a very effective way to build a good communication to the clients. It is quick, very expressive and lively information. Sometimes I make a very quick design idea in front of my client and mostly it works very well. Everybody needs everything quick. They do not only like 'Fast food'.... but also they love 'Fast design' or 'Fast drawing' or 'Fast sketching'...

Back in 1987, I was an exchange student. I had lived in Australia for a year and I have lots of sketches done outdoors... One day somebody watched me drawing outdoors. She came to me closer and told me: Could you please make a sketch of my shop? I will frame it if it is good. Off course I didn't mind. After 5 minutes the sketch done. She was very happy... then gave me five bucks directly. Thanks God, I had extra money for that day to buy a chocolate and ice cream.

The word 'Urban Sketcher' it sounds good since the first time I found it. In fact, I have done it on and off for some years.

I never realized that I am an urban sketcher. The term 'urban sketcher' really push my appetite of sketching more and more."

• Rudi's art on flickr.



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