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 #9

Urban sketchers around the world are drawing attention to the art of on-location sketching:

Diario Sur
Luis Ruiz talked about urban sketching and the Málaga Urban Sketchers group in an interview with his hometown newspaper Diario Sur, which devoted a full page to the article.

Cathy Johnson has started a new group blog of those artists featured in her upcoming book, Artist’s Journal Workshop. "It originally came about because I interviewed everyone involved and then, of course, didn’t have room in a 144-page book for these wonderful in-depth interviews that resulted, only quotes. I couldn’t bear to waste them, so the blog idea was born," she said. The blog content will include thoughts on journal keeping, demos, videos, classes, product reviews, techniques, feedback, and much more, all relating to keeping an art journal. There are 22 co-authors at this point, including USK correspondents Nina Johansson, Lapin, Laura Frankstone and Liz Steel.

Valencia ñh7 newspaper conference
Gabi Campanario talked about the Urban Sketchers online community at a journalism conference in Valencia and during an interview and video with El País.

Pete Scully will be showing his sketchbooks and prints and doing live sketching at Armadillo Music on F St in Davis, Calif., 7-9pm (live music from 6-7) next Friday, January 14. More information at Davis Downtown dot com.

Omar Jaramillo is going to participate in the Pecha Kucha Night in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the 19 of January showing his work and spreading the word about Urban Sketchers. The Pecha Kucha events are popular among artists and creative professionals. They consist of presentations of 20 images in 20 seconds.


Next Saturday, Jan. 22 is the 30th World Wide Sketchcrawl! Are you in?

New Zealand graphic designer and sketcher Murray Dewhurst is the latest addition to our team of correspondents. Stay tuned for his introduction.

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer writer/editor to produce our "Drawing Attention" posts. Is that you? Contact us at urbansketchers at gmail dot com.



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