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 Highline Sketch for the Ackland Show

Regular readers of the Urban Sketchers blog will have noticed how popular The Highline is with sketchers in New York City. Indeed, it's popular with anyone with good taste in NYC, as it's a wonderful place.

I did this sketch there early in the summer as my contribution to the Ackland Museum Urban Sketching group show (still up til October 6!).

From The Highline for USk Ackland Museum Store Exhibit

I've been using pencil a lot these past few months, after years of mostly avoiding the medium. I think this is one of the first of that recent trend in my work.

(This sketch is an interesting contrast to my Highline sketch from November 2009 ... that one is all about people, in the cold, with evening light and heavy brushstrokes.)

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