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: Exhibits, Books and More

Urban Sketching Books

Many of you may be familiar with Mike Daikubara’s very unique hotel room sketches from his travels for work and pleasure. Now his sketches have been collected in a new book called Hotel Sketch Mike Sketch: Hotel Rooms + Travel Sketches.  Writing about the book, USK Chairman and Seattle Correspondent, Gabi Campanario said: "Get ready to check-in into Mike Daikubara's delightful world of sketched hotel rooms. With his meticulous pen and ink renditions of every hotel room he's stayed in, Daikubara makes even the most non-descriptive quarters feel interesting. His diagrams aren't mere blue-prints or schematics. He goes as far as depicting the rooms in striking bird's-eye perspective, carefully including details such as bathroom tiles, wall decorations and even the refreshments inside the fridge. This is a book that any traveler will enjoy and of added value for sketchers, architects or interior designers."

Great news!  The Art of Urban Sketching is back in stock at Quarry, Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Find links to retailers on the book's website.


Don't miss this if you are in London this month for the Olympics.   London Urban Sketchers will exhibit their work at the legendary Foyles bookstore, July 16-22. The show is part of Foyles "Sketching the City, a Summer of London Sketch Exhibitions" going on June 6 - August 14.

Recent urban sketches (left) by Andre Sandmann are featured in an exhibit through the end of September in Design Hotel Plattenhof’s Restaurant Sento. The Zurich restaurant is a platform for young artists and photographers.

Upcoming Sketching Workshops

There is still some space open in our Location Sketching in Watercolor workshop, August 3 - 5 in Portland, OR, USA.  Urban Sketchers Montreal founding members Marc Taro Holmes and Shari Blaukopf are the workshop instructors. Workshop participants will draw and paint in the streets of Portland. The workshop will focus on capturing the environment in watercolor sketches, emphasizing working quickly and making well designed compositions that tell a story.

And speaking of Urban Sketchers’ workshops, we couldn’t resist sharing this great family photo (left) from our recent workshop in Naples, Italy. Naples USK Correspondent and workshop leader Simo Capecchi says "I'm already sure we'll organize another edition next year." To learn more about all our workshops, visit our workshops site.

Spotlight on Members' Work

One of Marcia Milner-Brage’s Cedar Falls, Iowa urban sketches--"White Crabapple 11th & Clay" --was one of three winners of the Canson Artist Rendezvous Plein Air Spring Season Contest. Marcia is a member of Urban Sketchers Midwest and says: “I found out about this contest through Canson’s sponsorship of the upcoming Santo Domingo USK Symposium. (Yeah, Canson!) Coincidentally, my winning drawing was done in a Canson wicker-colored, archival scrapbook that I use regularly with Neocolor II wax pastels.” Congrats Marcia!

The new library cards (right) at Berkeley Public Library feature a sketch by Cathy McAuliffe, a member of Urban Sketchers SF Bay Area. The subject is a fountain in Berkeley that she drew during one of the group’s weekly sketch outings.  How cool is that?

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? P lease 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
drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org



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