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: Sketchers Making News

First High School USK Blog

Urban Sketchers has its first high school group and blog. USK member and high school art teacher , Stephanie Lowe, with the help and encouragement of USK founder Gabi Campanario, organized a group of student sketchers at Animo Venice Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA to create Animo Urban Sketchers.

Stephanie says, "as an art teacher, my mission is to inspire a lifelong love of sketching in my students. Animo Urban Sketchers already has 25 members and 2 faculty advisors. The new group is sketching on location in their Venice community and in their neighborhoods across Los Angeles in the unique sketch voice and vision of teenagers."

Urban Sketchers Paris on French TV

On October 26, French TV channel Canal+ featured Urban Sketchers Paris in their weekday program, La Nouvelle Edition under the feature La Vie Autrement ("Living Differently" or "Another Side of Life"). The report (below) featured clips from the group's October 15 Sketchcrawl, a few drawings from around the world, and mention of the upcoming book, The Art of Urban Sketching.

USK Correspondents

In late October, Montreal USK Correspondent, Marc Holmes' sketches (left) were featured along with an interview with Marc in Drink and Draw Montreal, a blog dedicated to promoting the art of drawing in Montreal. The author of the post noted that "Marc's rich plein-air drawings and watercolours first caught our eye on Urban Sketchers, a website featuring the delicious sketch-work of over 100 talented location artists from around the world."

Five USK Correspondents - Ea Ejersbo (Arhus, Denmark), Lapin (Barcelona), Roger O'Reilly (Kilkenny, Ireland), Miguel Herranz (Barcelona) and Nina Johansson (Stockholm) - participated in the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage travel book festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France this month. Their participation included a presentation about Urban Sketchers during the festival's exhibition.

USK Correspondent, Omar Jaramillo (Berlin), illustrated a piece called "A Fisherman's Live" for the October issue of the Canadian magazine Uppercase, "a magazine for the creative and curious". Earlier this month, Omar's sketches from Turk coffeehouses in Berlin were used by the Ecuadorian newspaper, El Telégrafo, in an article (right) about the Turk emigration in Germany.

And to wrap up November, I just couldn't resist sharing the photo below of USK Correspondent Gabi Campanario sketching his weekly piece for The Seattle Times. In honor of the United States Thanksgiving holiday, the intrepid sketch journalist really got up close and personal with one of his sketch subjects!

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Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
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