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

Behzad Bagheri

"I was born in 1976 in Isfahan, Iran. As a child, I had no formal training in painting or drawing. I started when I went to university at the age of 17. This was when I took a leap into the world of art.

Graduated from the University of Art of Tehran in 2003, I have a M.A. in Architecture and have been lecturer in architecture at PNU University since 2005. I started using sketches and watercolors for my architecture designs before discovering that they could also be a way to communicate with others, as well as with myself.

Watercolor and sketching are a journey for me. They represent what I do, how I live and who I am. They are part of my life. I paint urban scenes and people's daily life. Everyday life inspires me to paint and painting inspires me to live and to discover the world that surrounds me.

I believe that any image that reveals a person’s inner associations and thoughts, and helps the observer to understand and relate to these, is worthy of being depicted. The beauty is in the variety and diversity of these personal experiences.

I'm glad to have the opportunity to reflect on my art work from different perspectives. It is always fascinating and enlightening to know what viewers think of your work, what touches them and how it makes them feel. I wish to learn more and more from other's comments and from other artist's works".

Behzad's art on Flickr.



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