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

walking around Jeong-dong, Seoul

The Anglican Church of Korea located at Jeong-dong across Seoul City Hall is a tangible cultural property of city. So the repairing of the roof is undergoing by the support of Seoul city.

I stopped to draw the shiny wall by morning sunlight at Gwanghwamun.

I sketched this one on Aug 13 this year. The scene was seen from the entrance step of Hanwha Finance Plaza, Taepyungro street.

Yesterday still was undergoing the subway station.The truck left before I finished. I sketched this one sitting on big bollard enough to sit opposite of the above place. 

Deoksugung (Palace) locates across the city hall being surrounded by many business building and historical buildings. And it's very loved by people to walk along the wall of the palace under the coloured trees at Autumn especially. 

pen, pencil, watercolor, sepia conte in holder, 27 x 18 cm
The dark parasols on rooftop of the entrance gate of Jeongdong Theater caught me. I did this one on big bollard too. When I don't have enough time to sketch I visit Jeong-dong because there are so many objects around city hall, palace, historical churches, high buildings, and above all people.


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