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

sketchcrawl 31: the mission, sf

For the 31st SketchCrawl in San Francisco, we met in the mission at a cafe near Mission Dolores Park. The day was fine and clear, although it did get a little cold and windy by the end. Believe it or not, this stately tower is part of the local high school, Mission High.

Here are some of the sketchers who gathered in the morning including SketchCrawl founder Enrico Casarosa, fellow Urban Sketcher Pete Scully, and a few friends who kept with me, sketching all day.

A kid from the restaurant where we took our lunch, and a few of the characters around the 16th and Mission BART station where we got into a little more adventure than we wanted. The woman is eating redvines.


Sights along Dolores, including Notre Dame Plaza- a senior housing facility on the site of what was once a bull and bear fighting ring- and a glimpse of the Mission Dolores itself.
There were so many people enjoying the sun in Mission Dolores Park that it looked like a music festival without the music. Another view of the high school in the distance. Sketchers at the end of the day, and a gentleman waiting for his train. Riders on BART on my way home. I usually draw in my moleskine, but this time, since SketchCrawl 31 is also a fundraiser for Japan, I drew on seperate sheets so I can offer the sketches to my sponsors for their contributions.

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