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 week in New York

D14_TH19_09 Skyline near Madison Square Garden

I am very fortunate to be able to spend a week sketching in New York directly after the symposium... and wow! what a week I had. I can't put adequately into words a description of the fun that I had...but I hope it comes through my sketches.

I spent a week in New York in 2010 as part of my big trip, and although I knew that I had a great time, as it was sandwiched between the Portland symposium and a month in UK and then onto to Italy, I had trouble trying to re-live that part of the trip. This visit, having already sketched many of the tourists must-sees, I was able to explore the city more as a local and I really got the feel for the place ...and the pace of the city got in my system and my sketching hand! I sketched more normal scenes like the classic skyline

NYD5 04 Highline Urban sketchers 2

Although I was doing a lot of sketching, the highlight was the people that I met- I caught up with 13 fellow artists in 5 days including Shirley Levine(who did a wonderful job showing me around last time) France Belleville, Danny Gregory, Anne Watkins - what a privliedge to meet these inspirational artists! I also meet up with some USkers who were at the symposium - so it was like a little reunion. Richard Alomar, Jason Das, Denise, Mark, and Veronica Lawlor (but sadly missed Melanie!) and a few others on the way! It was great to be at the first gathering of USKers in NYC - a group that is meeting every week now! Here is a photo of the gang sketching on the highline.

D15_FR20_05 Radiance Tea House Morning Tea

The symposium was great training for this non stop sketching, talking, being inspired by others and although I didn't feel like I had the chance during this week to implement anything that I picked up in Santo Domingo- the creative buzz certainly kept me going. I did however have a few moments of chill... in that I found two great tearooms.(Sorry, I just had to include this sketch - I spent 3 hours at Radiance Tea House, the only time on the whole trip when I did a little relaxing- along with 3 spreads in my sketchbook!!)

D15_FR20_11 the Dorliton

I also found a wonderful over-the-top apartment building to sketch (and conveniently, a cafe just opposite)
D15_FR20_12 Times Square in the rain

and in my crazy - go for it mood - sketched Times Square on a wet Friday night.

And as usual here is the whole book in an Issue version Trip 2012 Volume 3 NYC
and as a single image!

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