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 > Málaga workshop, Sketchabout and more news

Sketching Events

The International University of Andalucia in southern Spain is hosting an urban sketching workshop May 3-6 in Málaga. It's an initiative led by Cristina Urdiales, a correspondent for the USK Spain blog. USK correspondents Luis Ruiz Padrón (Malaga) and Lapin (Barcelona) are two of the workshop instructors. (workshop info in English)

As part of a special Autumn of the Arts festival, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (Australia) will host a free afternoon Sketchabout from Saturday 12 March - 18 April, 1 – 3 pm. The restaurant will be offering a special lunch and an afternoon tea with a creation by Chef Hamish Watts that's good enough to sketch (bookings essential). See sketches on the Garden Sketchabout blog. USK correspondent, Liz Steel is one of the project leaders.

Urban Sketchers Spain (USK Spain) drew lots of attention in mid February at Feria Madrid DEARTE art fair with their own stand displaying sketches and giving visitors a chance to try their hand at urban sketching. Check out the photos USK correspondent Álvaro Carnicero shared on USK Facebook page.


  • Semarang, Indonesia USK correspondent Rudi Hartanto, and his exhibit of 23 sketches of Semarang’s Chinatown, were featured as part of a local TV segment about Chinatown. Congratulations Rudi.

  • New York City, NY USK correspondent Melanie Reim’s reportage drawings of working women that she has encountered and recorded on her travels, will be exhibited in a solo show called “Another Woman’s Life”, March 3 – April 4 at the Treasure Room Gallery in the Interchurch Center,475 Riverside Drive at 120th Street in New York City. The opening will be on Tuesday, March 8, 5-8 pm. All are welcome.

  • Buenos Aires USK correspondent Norberto Dorantes was featured on Radio de la Ciudad AM1100 program, “Buenos Aires catch me”. He was interviewed about his passion for urban sketching.

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Happy sketching,
Lisbeth Cort (Whidbey Island, WA, US)



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