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

First Urban Sketchers group show opens August 16th in Chapel Hill, NC!

Chapel Hill, NC: Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time: Urban Sketchers opens at the Ackland Museum Store, Ackland Museum of Art, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 Lisbon sketch by Omar Jaramillo

Opening Thursday, August 16th, will be the first group show of Urban Sketchers, an international organization of artists, architects, designers, whose popular blog has gained a worldwide following since its beginning four years ago.

From commuters on a packed rush-hour subway to coffee drinkers at sidewalk cafés, glimpses of everyday city life are captured by members of the group, who share a passion for drawing in cities and who are committed to “showing the world, one drawing at a time.”

The exhibit features ninety sketches in a variety of media, by thirty-eight of the group’s one hundred contributors. All work shown will be available for purchase.
Istanbul sketch by René Fijten

Urban Sketchers correspondents are architects, illustrators, graphic designers, painters, educators, and others who live in and travel to cities such as London, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Singapore, and Seoul. They work quickly with pens, pencils, and watercolors, rendering lively vignettes of urban life as dynamic as the cities they depict.

Begun as a Flickr group in 2007, Urban Sketchers was conceived of and organized by Gabriel Campanario, a Seattle-based, Spanish-born journalist and illustrator. The group’s mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of location drawing, to promote its practice, and to connect people who enjoy on-location drawing around the world.

During the exhibition, the Ackland Museum Store will have signed copies of Campanario’s The Art of Urban Sketching (2012), a compendium of drawings and related stories from the Urban Sketchers’ group. Included in the book are a brief history of the genre, profiles of some of its leading practitioners, a look at their favorite sketching tools, and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form.

A majority of the proceeds from the sale of the sketches will go directly to Urban Sketchers to support their educational programs, such as the annual Urban Sketchers’ Symposium and the Urban Sketchers Workshops Programs. The remaining proceeds support the Ackland Art Museum.

Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time opens with a special reception on Thursday, August 16 from  6:30-8:30pm, and will continue through October 6.

 For more information contact:

Alice Southwick

Ackland Museum Store Manager


 Laura Frankstone, Urban Sketchers correspondent from Chapel Hill, who has curated and helped organize the show. Email Frankstone via her blog Laurelines.



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