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: Summer Sketching Around the Globe

This is a busy month for the urban sketching world. While almost 200 Urban Sketchers will convene this week in Lisbon for the 2nd International Sketching Symposium, other sketching events are happening all over the world.

“Urban Croquiseros” in Buenos Aires

USK Correspondent Norberto Dorantes is part of a group of architects, designers, planners and designers who have begun meeting together monthly in different Buenos Aires neighborhoods. Beginning at a meeting of Urban Sketchers-Argentina, this group prefers the label "urban croquiseros". Leaving the more well-known tourist areas, these sketchers are trying to capture the sense of place in lesser visited neighborhoods. Coco Rasdolsky says: "We want to discover another city, which remains on the margins outside of tourism. It is not simply to draw buildings and surroundings, but to capture the sensitivity of the site, everyday life, and architectural changes over time. Sketches are posted on the Croquiseros Urbanos blog.

SketchJazz! in São Paulo

Over the past year, USK correspondent Eduardo Bajzek and fellow São Paulo sketchers have been participating in an event called SketchJazz! Bringing together two Brazilain passions — music and drawing — sketchers have gathered in bars and clubs to enjoy jazz and location drawing. In early June, their work was included in a group exhibition called Sketchjazz! Their blog and the following video show some of the fun. More information about the events is on Eduardo’s blog.

SketchJazz from Montalvo Machado on Vimeo.

USK Phillipines Exhibit and Talk

In early July, USK-Phillipines members Janeil Arlegui, Buz Walker Teach and Ryan Sumo conducted a talk on travel sketching at the Manila Metropolitan Museum. Museum Director Gerard Torres invited the sketchers to give the talk and exhibit their sketches in conjunction with an exhibit of National Artist Jose Joya’s (deceased) travel sketches from the 1960s to 80s.

Tiong Bahru Revisited

Sketches by three USK correspondents, (Tia Boon Sim, Paul Wang, Don Low) and Miel Prudencio, were part of a recent exhibit at the White Canvas Gallery in Singapore. The exhibit featured more than 70 sketches of the architecture and sights around the Tiong Bahru neighborhood in Singapore.

Coming up: I Encounter of Urban Sketchers

Jacek Krenz is part of Urban Sketchers Portual-Beiras, but right after attending the Lisbon symposium, he will head to his home country of Poland where he will host "I Encounter of Urban Sketchers" in Leba. The event will take place August 14, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in front of St. Mary Church, Powstańców Warszawy Street in Leba, Poland. Contact Jacek for more information.

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



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