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: International USK News

Sketching Exhibits

The organizers of Rendez Vous Du Carnet de Voyage, a Travel Sketchbook festival that takes place every November in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand, invited four Urban Sketchers to draw the panoramic domes and landscapes of Puy-de-Dome in July. Thanks to Emdé, Lapin, Gérard Michel and Luis Ruiz (Gérard and Luiz pictured right) for representing USK! The public will be able to view this exhibition during the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage, November 16 - 18, 2012.

“Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time: Urban Sketchers” showcases 90 art works by 38 Urban Sketchers international contributors at the Ackland Museum Store through October 6, 2012. While various local Urban Sketchers groups have held exhibitions, the Ackland Museum Store’s show is the first time in the organization's history that sketches from correspondents around the world have been brought together and shown at a single venue. Thanks to USK Correspondent Laura Murphy Frankstone. who curated our first group show.

A Regional Gathering of Sketchers

Sketchers for Seattle Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portland and the Whidbey Island Sketchers converged on Tacoma, WA USA for the first (hopefully of many) Pacific Northwest Regional Sketchcrawl.

More than 30 sketchers captured the sights in and around Tacoma’s Museum District.

Urban Sketching in the News

The BBC invited 20 artists to provide their interpretation of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium Bridge in London. The poor weather forced many to adapt and even abandon their work halfway through, but here the BBC presents a beautiful selection of their work. Florian Alexander Schmidt, a student at The Royal College of Art, chose to draw faces from the crowd and many of his fellow artists (at left).

"Sense of Place" is a new feature in the Press Democrat. Every other Sunday, Richard Sheppard’s sketches - along with a brief story - are now being featured in the "Towns" section of this Sonoma County California newspaper (at right). The column will be published online and in the print edition. You can view Richard's inaugural column here.

The digital arts magazine Tribe published a spread of San Francisco sketches by past USK Correspondent Matt Jones. Matt’s sketchers are available to view freely here.

One of the Santo Domingo TV stations produced a great report on the Third International Urban Sketching Symposium. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

A full view of the symposium can be seen on the symposium blog.

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Please 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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