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

hokusai

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this sunday we took the u train to visit the hokusai retrospective in martin gropius bau. 

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the amount of fabulous prints on the walls - all perfectly presented - overshoot my capacity 
- to much pure beauty to absorb. 
maybe thats why the illustrated books presented on display tables 
(all in so many issues, that quite a reasonable section of each volume 
could be displayed as open pages) for me were even more joyful to deal with. 
i love the applied arts aspect of this work, the fact, 
that the splending mastership of the draftsman needs and can be found 
by the viewer actively and not only be admired...

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one whole room was dedicated to the hokusai mangas
- or (how it was presumably named in order not to be pulled down on a "trivial" level)  "the essence of subject, 
matter and learning how to paint". a great collection of sketches (all converted in woodprint and aranged to beautiful spreads) of humans, animals, tools, etc. - i did not know these and was smashed.

there was one edition by hokusai of work by niwa yoshitok 
about drawing with just one brushstroke
 - i tried to do lecture directly on museum folk
(finally using up all blank space in my booklet and ink
in my brush..).

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