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: Global Sketching News

Urban Sketchers Keeps Expanding

We have a new USK group on Facebook – Urban Sketchers Taipei, led by USK Taiwan Correspondent Liu Wen Xiang. Welcome to this new sketching community in Taipei.

Urban Sketchers London was born this month. One of the USK London correspondents, Barry Jackson (shown at left drawing at Alexandra Palace) says: “Drawing places that mean something to me is what I most enjoy, and much of my work therefore is focused on London, where I was born and brought up. Hence I was delighted to be invited to be a correspondent for the new London-based blog.”

The Art of Urban Sketching

Some of you may have noticed that it's already difficult to get copies of The Art of Urban Sketching! Fortunately, a new printing is underway and copies should hit bookstores and online retailers by mid-April. By the way, the book now has its own website. Check it out.

For those of you in the Seattle area, author and USK Seattle Correspondent Gabi Campanario, will be doing a book talk at the Seattle Central Library on April 29, 1:00 – 3:00 following the Seattle Urban Sketchers' monthly sketchcrawl. Everyone is invited to join in the sketchcrawl before going to Gabi’s talk.

Urban Sketchers Training Opportunities

We have the 3rd International Sketching Symposium coming up the Dominican Republic in July. Registration is now open and workshops are already filling fast so we recommend that if you plan to attend, that you register early to secure a spot in your preferred workshops (photo on left is El Conde Street where one of the workshops will be centered. Workshop descriptions are posted here. We are looking forward to seeing you in Santo Domingo!

We are pleased to announce a new Urban Sketchers Workshop in Naples, Italy, May 24-27. For full details and registration information, visit our Workshops site. This is a great opportunity for European-based sketchers to attend one of our workshops. It will be taught by Naples USK Correspondent Simo Capecchi, Laura Scarpa and Caroline Peyron.

Sketching Events, Exhibits and Media Coverage
New York fashion photographer & artist Peter Koval’s watercolor sketches were recently featured in the local newspaper The Tribeca Citizen as well as the Brooklyn Heights Blog. Speaking about his sketch at right, Peter said: “My old cast-iron loft apartment I shared with a fantastic artist/painter, Adam Smith. They were days I truly consider timeless, even as the neighborhood changed. We had the top floor loft on the fifth floor with roof access. A rarity nowadays."

Vivre Paris, a French quarterly dedicated to "discoveries, lifestyle, outings and decor", featured USK Paris in their Spring 2012.

And speaking of Paris, a USK member Juliette Plisson’s urban sketches are part of an exhibition in Paris at la passarelle des beaux arts through April 7.

USK Correspondents Rob Carey (Germany) and Nina Johansson (Stockholm) are part of a 10-page article in the French watercolour magazine l`Art de l´Aquarelle (number 12), as well as their English version, The Art of Watercolour (issue 6). It's quite an interesting article with sketching artists from several countries, and it's nice to see that sketching has been given this kind of attention in the magazine.

USK Midwest sketcher Marcia Milner-Brage recently spent time with the Animo Urban Sketchers, students of USK member Stephanie Lowe in Venice, CA. Speaking about the exchange, Marcia said: “It was great fun for me to be with the kids and share my love of drawing with them. Stephanie and her classroom were abuzz with excitement about art making. This is yet another example of how USK leads to very vital sharing beyond the online forums, symposiums, and books that sustain and fuel this movement.”

Do you know about Etsy Labs? Earlier this month, New York USK Correspondent Veronica Lawlor, along with the other members of Studio 1482, did an EtsyHands-On: Drawing event at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn New York using exercises form Veronica’s book One Drawing A Day. She was also featured on Etsy’s “How-Tuesdays” blog this month.

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Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
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