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

We've been heading for Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucía every fall for years now.


American Airlines flight 94 to Madrid: We're flying free: frequent flyer and really, as I say in the caption, the plane seems impossibly small to fly over the Atlantic. Suffocatingly crowded. We are all together, the miserable ones.
 
The serenity of Jerez is so welcome after the flight and the 3 trains we took to get here: unwinding from one plaza to the other. This one is Plaza Rafael Rivero. We stop for tapas and fino.

Keeping track of the path of horror-hurricane Sandy across New York and feeling very far away from our home in Brooklyn. Lantern light: raining over Casa Rosaleda in the barrio of Santiago in Jerez.

 Sketchblog: DayBooks

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