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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Drawing Attention: How to get your own limited edition Moleskine

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Moleskine kindly provided participants of the 1st International Urban Sketching Symposium with a limited edition sketchbook featuring the Urban Sketchers logo embedded on the cover and an insert about our global community (see Drawing Attention, June 28.)

The three-day international event, which took place in Portland, Oregon, in late July, was hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art and gathered nearly 100 sketchers from across the United States and from countries as far as Australia, Singapore, Japan, Mauritania, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Spain and Italy.

The Japanese-fold Moleskine sketchbook meant 3 meters of fun for blog correspondent Gérard Michel and many other participants who filled the accordion with urban sketches of Portland's bridges, squares, fountains, food carts and more.

If you'd like to emulate Gérard or get one for a sketcher friend, we have a limited supply of sketchbooks that we are offering in exchange for a minimum donation of $25 to our nonprofit (we'll cover shipping to any country).

To secure your sketchbook, click on the 'Donate' button on the right sidebar. Be sure to include your mailing address and allow for 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. The funds we raise will help provide a scholarship for the next Symposium, something we didn't manage to pull off in time for Portland.


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Blog correspondent Gérard Michel travelled from Liége, Belgium, to participate in the three-day event.

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Participants displayed their Moleskines during the closing reception.

Read feedback from participants and see more sketches and photos from the event on the Symposium's blog and flickr group.

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