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

first sketches after moving to a new part of Davis

part of lutheran church, north davis

I recently moved from south Davis to north Davis, which means my orientation is all over the place (and my disorganization has meant less sketching, but this has thankfully been remedied). I got out a week or so ago to explore my new neighbourhood and came upon this unusual building, part of the Our Faith Lutheran Church on Oak Avenue. It has a weird lookout poking out of the roof like a periscope. There is another smaller outhouse with a similar shape in the grounds but I don't know what they are for. Further down the street, I drew the main church building itself, which has a big blue window, looking across the street at the Davis High School football field (whose football team are called the Blue Devils, funnily enough).

lutheran church, north davis
For those of you who like seeing the sketchbook (Watercolour Moleskine, nearly finished)...
Lutheran church double spread

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