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

Urban sketching in Naples

palazzo Marigliano



drupe della palma

Today I was at Riot in Palazzo Marigliano to get things ready fot the first Urban Sketchers Workshop that starts tomorrw with me, Caroline Peyron e Laura Scarpa. I couldn't resist to draw in the garden and I noticed this incredible color of palm fruits - impossible to reproduce. On Sunday we'll have an open Portrait Party in this garden, at the end of workshop. Hopefully the seed of sketching will have its fruits in Naples too.

Riot Studio

Among participants we'll have professionists and beginners, architects, illustrators, photographers, students, medicians, coming from Liverpool, London, Jena, Singapore, Taiwan, Barcelona, Milan, Rimini and Naples... it seems that we are going to have fun!
Local newspaper translated officially Urban Sketchers in "Disegnatori Urbani": il Mattino di Napoli.

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