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 > Moleskine fundraiser, sketching events and more news

Hello everyone, we have tons of updates in this issue of our occasional "Drawing Attention" newsletter, so let's get started:

  • Moleskine fundraiser: Our kind volunteer has shipped more than 60 of the custom, limited-edition Urban Sketchers Moleskines to donors supporting us from 14 different countries. Finland, New Zealand and China are some of the destinations of the cool Japanese-fold sketchbooks that Moleskine provided to participants of our 1st Urban Sketching Symposium in Portland in July. Thank you to our supporters and volunteer! We are now down to the last box of these one-of-a-kind sketchbooks, so make your donation soon ($25 minimum, we'll cover shipping to any country). To donate, click on the red "Support Urban Sketchers" button on the sidebar. Funds raised will go toward a scholarship for the next Symposium.

  • Comic book artist and urban sketcher Andrea Longhi is organizing the first gathering of Italian urban sketchers in Treviso, Italy, coinciding with the 7th edition of the Treviso Comic Book Festival (Sept. 25-26.) The northwestern Italian city, which is less than an hour inland from Venice, will attract some of the best European sketchers and carnetistes for this year's edition, which follows the theme of "sketched travels." The full program of the event will be announce shortly here, but we already have word that our own correspondents Simo Capecchi, Miguel Herranz and Lapin will be there.

  • Correspondent Melanie Reim is part of the group exhibition Air Force Art at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. The show, open through Oct. 2, highlights the contributions of illustrators who have been invited by the United States Air Force to document special missions and operations on location and at Air Force bases around the world. Melanie's work is from her experience being embedded with a unit in Live-Fire Training Exercises with airmen just before their deployment. To see more of Melanie's work, visit her blog Sketchbook Seduction.

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