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: Press, Blogs & Books

Two USK Blogs Come Online

Urban Sketchers Israel became the latest USK group when they launched their blog this month.

Urban Sketchers Sydney just became Urban Sketchers Australia! USK Correspondent Liz Steel (Sydney) reports that the group has lots of new ideas, including creating links with the other regional blogs on the continent.

Urban Sketching in the Press

USK Josu Maroto was interviewed by the Basque newspaper Goierriko Hitza. View the article here.

Singapore's ne
wspaper, The New Paper, recently included a cool, wonderfully illustrated article (left) about Urban Sketchers Singapore, made possible by one of its sketchers, Teoh Yi Chie (aka Parka), who works at the paper as an infographic artist.

High profile months for Urban Sketchers in Spain. First, Europa Press featured an article about urban sketching focusing on Urban Sketchers Spain's local sketchcrawls. The story also ran in three local newspapers and can be viewed on the following sites:,, and Qué.es. Then, the blog did a nice post about USK featuring drawings by correspondents Luis Ruiz (Malaga) and Alvaro Carnicero (Cordoba).

Tel-Aviv USK Correspondent Marina Grechanik (right) was featured this month in the daily Israel newspaper Maariv local supplement called "Sharon Times". In the article Marina not only talked her "amazing experiences at the Lisbon Urban Sketching Symposium", but also tole about the founding of Urban Sketchers Israel which was about to hold its first sketchcrawl in early September.

The October 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine features an article about Kansas City USK Correspondent Cathy Johnson and her artist's sketch journal. The article, "Trace Your Creative Path", covers a lot of aspects of visual journal-keeping, including materials and a sidebar on gouache.

USK member Drew Bryant was the subject of a recent article in the Nashville Scene blog. Drew said, "I appreciate the inspiration and encouragement I receive from the group [USK]. Hopefully I can make it to the symposium next year!"

New Sketching Books

The Top Drawers, a sketch group based in Eugene, Oregon, USA, has just published their first sketchbook collection, Top Drawers on Tour: Italy. It is available here for viewing and purchase.

Finally, Urban Sketchers Seattle member, Steven Reddy, just published a sketchbook called A Place for My Stuff: An Illustrated Journal. You can preview it here.

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