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

Meet the correspondents: LISBON >Luís Simões

"My name is Luís Simões. I was born in July 20th, 1979 in Lisbon, Portugal. Since 2009 I draw like an urban sketcher. I use my free time to draw, listening music and to practice sports: swim, korfball, capoeira and surf.
By nature, I'm a compulsive observer and my visual memory is my guiding compass. I always leave my camera at home, searching for “good pictures” sketching instead. Architecture, sculpture, people, food, lights, objects, shapes, are all good subjects to sketch, especially when you travel there is no limitation.

Since nine months I've been working to a project called "World Sketching Tour - FIVE continents, FIVE years, ONE dream". Next five years I'll go around the world to sketch whatever my eyes capture and meeting urban sketchers all over the world.
I will post here my encounters, my sketches and a short travel diary. During my trip I will ask to local Urban Sketchers if they want to give me hospitality in their or theirs friends home and/or if they have time to meet me, to sketch together and share experiences."

* Luís blog
* Luís world sketching tour on video



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