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

Drawing Attention Around the Globe

Our Global Community Expands

We have two new blogs to welcome to our global community - Urban Sketchers Tri-Cities (formerly the 509 Urban Sketchers and Painters) in Washington, US and Urban Sketchers Japan (below:  Nezu Shrine by USK Japan member Tetsuro Honda).

USK Correspondent Marc Holmes leads a new Urban Sketchers group on Etsy. Any correspondent, regional correspondent, or blog member who is selling artwork, sketchbooks, fine art prints, or other urban sketching material can join.

Contributing Artists and The Art of Urban Sketching in the Press

The Art of Urban Sketching - and many of its contributors - continues to draw international attention, most recently:

92064 Magazine recently featured an article on San Diego artist and USK Correspondent Lydia Velarde (right) and her contributions to book.

“Forget the camera. A growing number of travelers are using a pencil to capture vacation memories.” So began a feature called “10 Great Places to Sketch Your Vacation” about urban sketching and The Art of Urban Sketching book in USA Today at the end of April.
The Aucklander ran a great piece on New Zealand USK Correspondent Murray Dewhurst (right) and his contributions to The Art of Urban Sketching. In the article, Murray explained, "I think Auckland is more interesting since I've been sketching it."  The piece included a photo gallery of Murray's sketches.

It was “standing room only” in the large auditorium at the Seattle Central Library in April for USK founder and Correspondent Gabi Campanario’s presentation about The Art of Urban Sketching. Hundreds packed the room for his talk (captured in the sketch at left by Seattle USK leader Gail Wong) preceeded that morning by a sketchcrawl that drew sketchers from Seattle Urban Sketchers, Whidbey Island Sketchers and Urban Sketchers Portland.  

Last month, Tokyo USK Correspondent Kumi Matsukawa participated in a group exhibition at Mireya Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. Kumi exhibited her sketches featured in The Art of Urban Sketching.

Upcoming Sketching Workshops

Remember that information and a schedule of all upcoming Urban Sketchers workshops can be found on our USK blog here. Check back often as we’re adding new workshops to the schedule all the time.  And don't forget to register for the 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium coming up in Santa Domingo in July.

In early June, artist and founding member of the Whidbey Island Sketchers, Faye Castle, will lead a three-day “Whidbey Sketching Weekend” workshop on location sketching through the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio. Workshop instructor Faye Castle says, “Sketching is a way to fully experience where I am, a way of relating to where I live, what I’m doing, and where I’m going."

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention?  Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
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