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

A sunny Saturday in Kreuzberg

I live in Kreuzberg now and I love my Kiez. (Kiez is a Berlin word for Neighborhood) There are many things to sketch here. Last Saturday it was finally a little warmer and I went out to draw. There is this beautiful old Market, where on Saturdays you can meet with friends to eat or shop groceries.

Later I met Catalina for sketching and we walked along  the Maibach-Ufer looking for things to draw. We stopped at the Paul-Lincke-Ufer where there are some areas for Boule. We sat on a wall and made some drawings of the people and things around us.

Playing Pétanque
Boule or Petanque is a game people like to play in this area. There are some banks around the play area where people seat waiting for their turn to play.

Playing Pétanque in Paul-Lincke-Ufer, A bicycle caught my attention. I wanted to draw the shinny surface in contrast to the wood of the bank. Working with the negative space seemed to be the right thing to do. I continue in the same way with the people in the field.

Cafe Blue Cat I finished the day with a coffee and rhubarb & strawberry tart at the Blue Cat Cafe. There was this very elegant lady in front of me. The neighborhood is changing. It is becoming very fancy in the last years.



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