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.

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Drawing Attention: Exhibitions, Books and Awards


Seoul Urban Sketchers formed 2 years ago, and is now meeting together twice a month to sketch Seoul’s old relics and new skyline. The group will have two exhibits this summer – both supported by the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture. "Seoul Urban Sketches" will be in Dasom Gallery in Songpa Library from June 26 to July 3, 2011 and Namsan Library Gallery from August 10 to August 16, 2011. USK Correspondent Byung Hwa Yoo thanks all for the hearty support and encouragement from Urban Sketcher followers and members, saying, “We’ll do our best for successful exhibits.”

Penang, Malaysia USK Correspondent Ch'ng Kiah Kiean will have a solo exhibition of sketches July 10-24 at the Galeri Seni Mutiara in Penang. In conjunction with the exhibition, he will publish his second book Line-line Journey, a compilation of recent Penang and travel sketches.

Urban Sketching Blogs/Groups

USK Philippines launched its new blog after beginning with its first sketchcrawl on May 21 in Manila. Janeil Arlegui says the group’s aim is to “really remind people again that sketching is the main way you can maximize your observations of things, people and places.” The group plans to have monthly sketch walks at different sites in Manila at first. Janeil reports that they’re already working on 2 exhibits, networking with people from the provinces for contributions of additional sketches.

The Seattle Urban Sketchers were invited by the Seattle Architecture Foundation to participate in their annual fundraiser – a model exhibit and Napkin Sketch Auction. Seattle sketchers donated framed sketches on napkins (yes, I said napkins!) to a silent auction and exhibit that will be up through July 24. Proceeds go to Seattle Architecture Foundation and also Urban Sketchers so if you’re in the Seattle area, take a look and bid on your favorite napkin! Napkins below by Gail Wong (left) and Beth Polusladkaia (right)

We welcome Urban Sketchers Cleveland as the newest blog to join the Urban Sketchers network. They'll be sketching all over Cleveland, OH, USA and its surround suburbs. We look forward to seeing Cleveland through their sketches!


USK founder and Seattle Sketcher Gabi Campanario’s sketches were honored for the second year in a row by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Western Washington Professional Chapter). Gabi’s "South Park Loses a Lifeline" (pictured left) got 2nd Place in the category of Personalities Reporting. (pdf with full list of winners). Congrats Gabi!

New York City USK correspondent Veronica Lawlor was the nominee representing the United States in the recent Prix Canson 2011, sponsored by Canson Paper. The Prix Canson is an annual prize presented to an international artist whose works contribute to the position of contemporary drawing and works on paper in general. An exhibition of all the nominees’ work was held at the Hôtel de Sauroy, Paris from June 6 - June 19. Congratulations Veronica for being nominated for such a prestigious prize!

Boston USK Correspondent Fred Lynch just released a book of his drawings from Central Italy where he teaches each Summer as part of Montserrat College of Art's Summer Studies Program in Viterbo. Drawing Viterbo: Sketches from a Medieval City features many of Fred's favorite Italy drawings and shares some amusing stories of their creation. Many of the sketches in the book were featured first on our Urban Sketchers blog.

Kansas City USK Correspondent Cathy Johnson has a new book just out called Artist’s Journal Workshop. She included dozens of images as well as insights from 27 artists. Among those included are several other Urban Sketchers correspondents, including Lapin, Laura Frankstone, Danny Gregory, Nina Johansson, and Liz Steel. Because journaling is so important to Johnson (she’s been keeping diaries and journals for more than 40 years), she started a blog to continue the work of the book with the same 27 artists involved in the blog as co-authors and an open Artist’s Journal Workshop group on Facebook.

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Happy sketching,
Lisbeth Cort, member of the Whidbey Island Sketchers



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