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: News from the Sketching World

World Sketching Tour

Luis Simoes, aka Simonetti, has just begun a four year sketching trip around the world (now that's what we call a worldwide sketchcrawl!!!). He's sharing his experiences on the World Sketching Tour website and you can follow along on the tour's Facebook page.

Simonetti says "The Sketching Tour isn't just travel. It's essentially feeling and living life like we had always belonged to a place, meeting new people and sketching. I'm interested in meeting other urban sketchers along the way who want to share their home and their passion of sketching."


Barcelona USK Correspondent Lapin, has been busy. He has a new book, La Sagrada Familia de Gaudi, published by Tres editores. He also just completed a collection of sketchbooks, notebooks and holdalls that will be distributed worldwide by Miquelrius.

One Drawing a Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration & Mixed Media, written by New York City USK Correspondent Veronica Lawlor, has just been released. The book features art by Veronica and the seven other members of her studio, Studio 1482, two of whom are also New York City USK Correspondents - Margaret Hurst and Greg Betza.

Three USK Correspondents, Simonetta Capecci (Naples), Benedetta Dossi (Rome), and Lapin (Barcelona), have work included in the Matite in Viaggio exhibition which opened this month at the Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestra, Italy.

Chairman of the Board of Directors and USK Correspondent Gabi Campanario (Seattle) was invited by Yoko Nakamuta to write about Urban Sketchers for his book, 61 Ways to Put Your Life into a Moleskine which was published last month and is available on Amazon Japan. Gabi says, "The book features 61 Moleskine users and the different ways they use the notebooks. A spread on USK is at the end of the Moleskine & Art chapter."

And last but not least, we congratulate Urban Sketchers Singapore, several Singapore USK Correspondents and all the artists whose sketches are part of the new book, Urban Sketchers Singapore Volume 1, containing more than 360 sketches "that capture moments, places and life in Singapore." Video and photos of the book launch and exhibit can be viewed on our blog and the Urban Sketchers Singapore blog.

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Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
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