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 > Sketchers score gallery exhibits

Urban sketchers are taking their art from their closed notebooks to the open walls of art galleries around the world. Here's a roundup of some recent and future exhibits of location drawings:
  • In Singapore, Tia, Don Low, Paul Wang and Miel banded together to showcase their work at White Canvas art gallery. The exhibit "Tiong Bahru Sketches: Outside-In," grew out of several sketchcrawls around the historic Tiong Bahru district. Congratulations to the team for a groundbreaking show!
  • In Bangkok, Cassia Gallery hosted Asnee Tasna’s first solo exhibit including 30 watercolor paintings and sketches of picturesque Yunnan and Bhutan, as well as scenes of bustling Bangkok such as Tha Tian market and Chinatown. Asnee and fellow sketcher Pramote Kitchumnongpan have also been busy drawing around the city with the Bangkok Sketchers.
  • In Los Angeles, Shiho Nakaza's sketches will be featured in a group exhibit at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, Calif. The show is on view from July 16 - August 9. This exhibit is held in conjunction with ICON6: the Illustration Conference.
  • In Barcelona, artists' collective Terminal B is hosting an exhibit dedicated to illustrated pieces of art in journals and notebooks (October 7-21 at FAD.) "Diary Art/Moleskine" will feature work by sketchers Lapin, Sagar and Swasky among others. See press release at Moleskine's website for more information.
And speaking of Barcelona, here some other news from sketchers in the Mediterranean region:
I couldn't wrap this post up without congratulating fellow Spaniards for the World Cup win. It was the first title for Spain and also the first time sketchers shared World Cup drawings online in our flickr group, which didn't even exist four years ago. Thanks to São Paulo's Marcelo Bresciani for the idea and getting the thread started!

If you have sketching related news from your corner of the world, send them to urbansketchers at gmail dot com and we'll see to include them in future Drawing Attention updates.

Happy sketching folks,

gabi campanario

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