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 > Sketching News Around the World

Sketching Hits Hollywood & the Subway Location drawing in Africa (right) hit Hollywood when Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage/Madagascar, A Journey Diary was nominated for an Academy Award for animated short film this year. How cool is that?

Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again is an exhibit in Brooklyn, NY from March 18 - 26. Inspired by the notion that the city’s subways and buses allow for a kind of creative interchange unmatched in human history, the one constraint placed on pieces in the exhibit was that all work had to be submitted on a used MetroCard.

New Blogs. New Groups

Urban Sketchers Sydney (Australia) just launched a blog in order to share sketches with the world. USK correspondent Liz Steel explains: “A Sydney Sketch Club was formed at a Meetup back in 2008 but has really got going in recent months. Now sketching events are organised at least once a fortnight. It is great timing with the current Garden Sketchabout in the Royal Botanic Gardens. because some of the sketchers at this event are there because they found out about it on the Urban Sketchers Sydney blog."

To celebrate the recent inauguration of Berlin’s chapter of the worldwide Urban Sketching movement and the Berlin USK blog, local sketchers Rolf Schroeter, Olga Prudnikova and Catalina Somolinos gave a guided 2-hour Urban Sketching Tour through the neighborhood of Rosenthaler Platz. Rolf and Olga are both USK correspondents.

Is this the next USK group? Pencil Jammers meets every Sunday in two India cities, Bangalore and Delhi, to sketch on location. At right the group is sketching at the Bangalore Museum.


Madrid USK correspondent Richard Câmara was featured in a recent TV interview showing some of his sketchbook work and location sketching in Madrid.

Sketches by Hong Kong USK correspondent Paul Wang were selected for the Cover Art Collection by the myMolekine Community. For each Cover Art, Moleskine makes a donation to a nonprofit organization chosen by the artist. Paul chose Urban Sketchers! Thanks Paul and congratulations.

Walt Taylor of Norfolk, VA USA is the latest USK correspondent highlighted in a feature called "From the Sketchbook of..." in The Artist's Magazine (at left).

Urban Sketchers was mentioned in a London Times article featuring USK correspondent Katherine Tyrrell and her location drawings.

The February issue of the Italian magazine, Animals, was dedicated to earthquakes and included an article about drawings in Barrow by designers all over Italy last October. Naples correspondent, Simo Capecchi’s work was featured in the issue.

In Closing: Thinking of Japan

All week, the international sketching community has been greatly concerned about our fellow sketchers in Japan. Tokyo USK correspondent Kumi Matsukawa has already begun to post sketches in the aftermath of the disaster and even as the earthquake was occurring. Across the world our thoughts are with Urban Sketchers and families in Japan.

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Happy sketching,

Lisbeth Cort, member of the Whidbey Island Sketchers



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