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 correspondent > Paul Wang, Hong Kong

"Art and design has been a significant part of my life during my formative years. I am happy that mom sent me for art classes when I was growing up. That I think became impetus for what I am and do today. I turn to art when words fail to express what I really feel inside.

People often describe my sketches as bold and vibrantly coloured. My strokes are also said to be spontaneous and sure. Perhaps my training and background in technical theatre, specializing in set and stage lighting, helped to add that dramatic touch to my sketching techniques.

Sketching to me is a unique way of telling stories and seeing the world. Some days I like to see the big picture, some days I find joy in the details. My sketches are mostly about my environment and the architecture I encounter. The spirit of the place is what I try to capture.

Colours to me are effective ways to convey ideas and messages. Colours draw the viewers’ into my sketches. My perception of colours is frequently not based on what my physical eyes see but what the ‘eyes of my mind’ see and feel.

Ink and watercolour are my favourite rendering mediums because they allow me to splash, splatter and add colours very quickly. Even though these are very unforgiving mediums, they have taught me to take delight in the challenges and mistakes I have made. Crayons and pastels are also favourite mediums because they are very portable and versatile. They promote a lot of spontaneity and I get to try new experiments.

With my recent move from Singapore to Hong Kong, I want to continue sharing my passion for sketching with the global sketching family and capture the beauty of this new land that I now call home."

• Paul's art on flickr.
• Paul's blog.



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