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

Urban Sketchers 2011 Holiday Campaign: Give a Little, Get a Sketch

Nov. 1st, marks the 3rd anniversary of this blog - happy birthday to you Urban Sketchers! The blog has surely inspired a bunch of people to get drawing their cities, you perhaps! It also inspired its correspondents to create the Urban Sketchers nonprofit with the mission of fostering the art of on location drawing and showing the world, one drawing at a time.

Our nonprofit has put together two international symposiums so far, in Portland and Lisbon, and we want to keep going, but we need your help. With this campaign, we want you to help us raise money for educational programs planned for the coming year.

Here's how it works:

To make a donation go click the Paypal Donate button on the sidebar.

In return for donation, we'll send you a high resolution file you can print and frame at home. Or, if you don’t have a printer, you can take the file to your local photography store.

You may select any one of the sketches collected in this flickr set:

If you choose to make a generous donation of $20 or more, you may chose a second sketch.

For every higher increment of $20 you may chose yet another sketch. So if you were to donate $60 you could select FOUR sketches total. A perfect way to do your holiday gift shopping!

Donors of $75 dollars or more are eligible for a special thanks. You may select one image from a set of special prints offered by volunteer correspondents. (Selected from this flickr set). Your artist of choice will make you a print in their home studios, and mail it directly to you, wherever you are in the world.

Of course we accept donations all year round - but the 2011 Give a Little offer ends December 31.

After your donation appears in our PayPal, one of us will get back to (via your PayPal contact email) and arrange the digital delivery of your sketches, or the mailout of you print. It might take a short while, but we are working hard to be prompt :)

Thanks for your generous support! We plan to keep bringing you the world, one drawing at at time.

(Also note - We are a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the United States. All donations in the US are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law).



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