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

Meet the correspondents: AUCKLAND, New Zealand> Murray Dewhurst

St Mary's Bay Road, Auckland

"A frustrated traveller, dreaming of experiencing exotic destinations whilst stuck at the bottom of the world, I couldn't believe my luck when one day I stumbled across Urban Sketchers.

Here was a way to see the world through the eyes of other artists whenever I wanted to! It's also an opportunity to present a window on a different New Zealand through my eyes for others to enjoy. We are known for our clean green image promoting alpine, beach and bush scenery. This is very dear to a kiwi's heart, but in reality 86% of us live in an urban environment and have all the advantages and disadvantages that this brings and some of it is very sketchable!

Drawing the world around me on location is a refreshing antidote for the many hours spent on a computer at my graphic design business finessing the perfect result for my clients. It opens my eyes to the reality that surrounds me and actually makes where I live seem more interesting. I look forward to bringing you my place, Aotearoa, at Urban Sketchers."

• Murray's blog
• Murray's art on flickr

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