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

Sketchwalk in Naples

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Next March, 10 I will lead a public sketchwalk in a very interesting area of Naples called Cristallini, a slope below Capodimonte, where houses are partly carved into tuff rocks and there are lots of ancient tuff quarry.
Inspired by some paintings of Thomas Jones - an english artist that lived and worked in this neighborhood of Naples in 1782 - I tried to draw from the same points of view. ln this drawing, I recognized a grotto and part of the tuff wall painted by Jones (below). Some of his subjects are still there, some disappeared. I love his style, it is so anti-picturesque.

Participants will be encouraged to draw fragments of the city, looking for unusual proportion between sky, walls and roofs and to draw fast - "flying sketches" as Thomas Jones called them. Not monuments, just little bits of this chaotic city.
An anti Grand Tour of Naples.

In this slideshow, sketches I made during a first survey.

This sketchwalk is part of a project called NomiCoseCittà - Passeggiare, Guardare e Raccontare (Walk, Observe and Telling) by an association of young neapolitans architects and students. We all do it volunteering and I hope to show you some good results afterwards.



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