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

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Last Saturday I was in San Francisco for the 31st Worldwide Sketchcrawl. We were sketching around the Mission district, one of my favourite areas of the city. I love sketching in San Francisco. The thing is, because I come down early from Davis, I go a bit mad, and just sketch incessantly, barely stopping to eat or drink (save for the chocolate brownie I picked up at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market). It means I come back with a full sketchbook, but an empty stomach (actually, I made up for that at the end of the day with a massive burrito; there goes my plan for a new book, the Urban Sketching Diet).

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We met at a cafe opposite Mission High School. It's such an iconic building that everyone felt obliged to draw it at least once. The tower is like a more ornate, smaller replica of one of the old Wembley towers. Further on up 18th Street, I climbed the steps of a partly boarded up building to get a nice aerial view of the blue Victorian building opposite. I love those buildings. After that, some more fire hydrants, plus the Mission Dolores itself, the oldest building in San Francisco. I followed that with more sketching and visiting comic stores.

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At the end, we all met in Dolores Park to look at each others' sketchbooks, and keep drawing of course. The San Francisco sketchcrawl is always so popular and filled with such a variety of styles that it's a great group to meet with. You can see the rest of the SF sketchcrawl drawings on the 31st Worldwide Sketchcrawl forum.

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