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

Drawing Attention #3 > New ad space and sketcher updates

In this installment of Drawing Attention, our occasional posts with news about the urban sketchers community, we'll start with announcing the availability of ad space on the main Urban Sketchers site.

We became a nonprofit in December of 2009 with the mission of fostering the art of on-location drawing and connecting sketchers around the world. An initial round of fundraising brought in enough donations to cover the filing fees associated with establishing nonprofit status -- and for that, we're grateful.

Going forward, there's only so much we can do to fullfill our mission with empty pockets. To raise funds that we can put back into our community via scholarships and grants, we are now seeking sponsors to advertise on the blog. To place an ad, advertisers can click where it says "Support Urban Sketchers by advertising here" on the sidebar and follow the instructions. (We will keep ad content focused on the artistic nature of our community, making sure ads complement the content you see on the blog and have value to our readers.)

And now, on with some news from our members and correspondents!
Thanks for visiting and happy sketching,

Gabi Campanario

P.S.: To share sketching related news or just say 'hi, I'm a sketcher too,' write to us at urbansketchers at gmail dot com. It may take us a week or two to reply, but we will!



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