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: A World of Sketching News

Building a New Generation of Sketchers

American Information Center recently hosted a Digital Video Conference with San Jose, CA-based USK correspondent Suhita Shirodkar for high school students in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The students were taking part in "Sister-city Sketchbook Project" which brought together school children from 12 – 16 years old over the course of two weeks to create sketches of memorable and significant places in their hometown. All works will be put together to form one sketchbook that will be exhibited in San Jose temporarily and later will become part of American Center's permanent book collection. San Jose and Yekaterinburg became sister-cities in the 1990s, and Center hope that the "kids' drawings will become a tangible symbol of cultural cooperation among two countries and cities".

Little Sketchers

When Cheena Kaul's young son started doodling at about age 2, she just had to preserve each masterpiece. Over time, she ran out of space to keep them, leading her to create where kids' work is shared across the globe.

More Media Coverage for Sketching

USK Founder/Seattle correspondent Gabi Campanario and Gail Wong of Urban Sketchers Seattle appeared on King 5 TV's "New Day Northwest" (view video here) this month to talk about urban sketching and the new book, The Art of Urban Sketching. Adding to the fun, several members of Urban Sketchers Seattle were on the front row of the live audience sketching during the interview. Jackie Helfgott (whose sketch is on the left) said, "It was intimidating sketching on live TV! All the cameras and action made for a pretty fast sketch - probably the quickest one I've ever tried to do!"

BluPrint, a design and arts magazine in the Philippines, just published an article by writer Janeil B. Arlegui about travel sketching. The article featured USK Philippines members' sketches by Buz Walker-Teach, Ryan Sumo and Janeil B. Arlegui. Janeil reports that "sketching on-location is picking up in Manila and we hope at least two sub-groups will soon strong enough to have their own independent sketching programs in the provinces."

Drink and Draw Montréal is a blog dedicated to promoting the art of drawing in the city. Shari Blaukopf's sketches (right) were just featured as part of the blog's Sketchbook Montréal.

Sketching Londoners

Five of London USK correspondent James Hobbs' images of London scenes (Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace) have gone on sale in IKEA stores around the world. Buyers can pick their favorite(s) and then choose a frame to fit them in.

And... what to do during all those long taxi rides around a city? UK-based costume designer Mr. Gammon says, “I get a lot of taxis. It’s a perfect time to sketch the subject of my driver and it's become a habit.” You can see his urban sketches here.

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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