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

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As an art professor, I'm expected to have something critical to say to all of my students, all of the time. But occasionally, I'm struck speechless. 

Last Summer, my course in Italy had an unprecedented number of excellent young talents enrolled. But, I'd be remiss if I didn't publish for a wider audience, some of the work of Liz Wikstrom. Remember the name. Liz is currently a senior at Rhode Island School of Design and she reminds me that art teachers should honor the Hippocratic Oath, as doctors do. We should vow to: "Do no harm" by telling to students like Liz, "Keep doing what you're doing!" She's an Urban Sketcher of the highest order.






Liz Wikstrom drawing the piazza in Viterbo, Italy
 You can see the other great student works at the Drawing Viterbo blog.

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