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

cars in california

blue pontiac firebird
red fiat in davis
yellow smartcar in north beach
chevy convertible in north beach
I didn't really draw cars before Urban Sketchers. I'm not a car person, they all kinda looked the same to me. I would do what I can to avoid them in my urban sketches. Now though, after being so inspired for these past few years, I sketch them whenever I can; well, the more interesting ones anyway, not that I see too many of those, and when I do, they're usually driving past me. Lately though I've been making the time to sketch the ones I see parked, so here are a few fro the streets of Davis and San Francisco. Top: a blue Pontiac Firebird, spotted on 2nd Street in Davis, complete with furry dice, nice. Secondly, a classic bright red Fiat, which I sketched on 3rd Street in Davis. Thirdly, a zippy yellow Smart Car, perched on the sloping Union Street in North Beach, San Francisco, adding to the Italian flavour of the area. Finally, a real Americana classic Chevy convertible, also in San Francisco, on Columbus. The owners of this car came back while I was mid-sketch, and were good enough to wait while I finished. Everyone who passed the car stopped to admire it, and the owners even offered to let one guy get in and sit in the driver's seat while his wife took a photo. They were nice folks.

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