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: New Year, New News

Another New USK Blog

Urban Sketchers' latest regional blog is up and running. Urban Sketchers Midwest already includes members from the Kansas City area, St. Louis, and Kansas State in the US. USK Correspondent (Kansas City) and USK Midwest member Cathy Johnson says, "We hope to find members in Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond to join us in the future."


Our "Year in Review" report in the December Drawing Attention prevented us from having a chance to share the news of two great urban sketching-related exhibitions that took place last month featuring work by two USK Correspondents.

Davis, CA USK Correspondent Pete Scully's series of urban sketches from around Davis was featured in a December show (left) in the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA.

USK Correspondent (Isfahan) Behzad Bagneri had a solo exhibition called, Watercolor Paintings & Urban Sketches/Behzad Bagheri (right), in the Otaghe Abi Gallery in Isfahan, Iran in December.

Sketching Catching the Eye of the Media

Lest we thing that the weekly sketch challenge in Urban Sketchers' flickr group is just for fun (and it is fun), one of USK member Marcia Milner-Brage's submissions to the USK's Weekly Theme, Fruit & Veggies, was just featured in Canning Across America's blog. CAA is a nationwide ad hoc collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of "putting by" food and their goal is to promote safe food preservation and thejoys of community building through food. Just goes to show that sketching continually illustrates cultural trends around the globe!

Truly drawing attention in Tennessee: The Memphis, Tennessee metro newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, ran a wonderful article all about the Memphis Urban Sketchers (pictured left) in one of their issues last month.

And, last but not least, here's a cool video of the "Drawing Caracas" (Dibuja Caracas) event that took place in the Venezuelan capital last month. More than 100 locals sketched in neighborhoods across the city. At the end of the event, they gathered at a central square to exhibit their work in a "tendedero." Dibuja Caracas was an initiative sponsored by Faber-Castell as part of their social responsibility program, along with several local institutions.

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
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