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

INDONESIA'S SKETCHERS IN SUNDA KELAPA HARBOR

Komunitas Indonesia's Sketchers (IS) mengadakan kegiatan sketch and gathering di Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa Jakarta. Kegiatan ini merupakan agenda rutin bulanan komunitas sketsa dengan follower terbesar yang mencapai 4000 lebih anggota.
Meski udara panas dan berdebu yang membuat tubuh terasa terpanggang dan mata pedih, tetapi semua itu tidak menyurutkan semangat rekan-rekan sketchers dalam 'merekam' apa yang dilihat di sekitar mereka.
Berikut beberapa sketsa yang saya buat dalam acara tersebut. Saat di lapangan (lokasi) saya hanya membuat sketsa hitam putihnya saja karena tidak memungkinkan membubuhkan warna dengan cuaca terik dan berdebu, sedang pewarnaan saya kerjaan setelahsaya tiba di rumah.

Drawing Pen, various size on Canson Sketchbook A4, Cotman by Winsor&Newton Watercolor


Sebagian sketcher sedang 'merekam' suasana kegiatan bongkar muat di Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa.
Dengan menggunakan derek, sebuah kapal sedang memindahkan tumpukan semen dari sebuah truk
untuk kemudian dibawa berlayar ke seberang Pulau Jawa.
Saat istirahat siang, beberapa buruh kasar memanfatkan waktunya untuk berteduh
sambil menikmati makanan yang dijajakan para pedagang makanan keliling.
Sebuah menara pemancar dari sebuah kapal barang menarik perhatian saya untuk mensketsanya. Mungkin terlalu tergesa-gesa untuk menskets sehingga saya tidak memperhatikan situasi sekitar. Beruntung saya cepat tersadar dan segera pindah tempat karena sebuah crane yang sedang mengangkut pipa melintas tepat di atas kepala saya...
Dokumentasi foto saat kegiatan sketch&gathering.        (foto: Endar Widodo)

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