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

sketch the varsity, cure the blues

sketching 2nd street

A couple of weekends ago I was itching to get out and sketch, and really needed to draw a panorama. So I took the Moleskine, cycled to a familiar spot on 2nd Street, Davis, and stood on a concrete bench sketching the scene. I had to stand up high to look over parked cars. The Varsity Theatre has been a landmark of Davis since the 50s, having several roles before reopening in 2006 as an art-house theatre. It's a popular spot in the very heart of downtown, with the relocated Mishka's cafe next door and the new UC Davis store on the other side. I am still waiting for the holographic shark to come tearing out of the roof. I sketched in the lovely brown uni-ball signo pen I like so much, and by the end I felt far more relaxed than I did before I started. Going out and doing a drawing is like recharging your battery. 

varsity theatre, davis



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