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

3 sketches

It has been a while since I’ve showed my sketches. It doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing, on the contrary. It just happens that instead of drawing for the mere pleasure of it, which I enjoy immensely, I’ve been drawing on request, which allows me a large diversity of themes, and in sense it is also very pleasing. 

One of the many drawings I did during a several days stay in a protect area in Mata do Bussaco, near Coimbra.
  Drawing made to advertise a workshop I’ll be coordinating in this building, Paula Rego Museum, called Casa das Histórias (House of Stories), that was conceived by the arquitect Souto Moura, Pritzker award.
  Drawing made to illustrate an article about a typical neighbourhood of Lisbon, Mouraria, which came out in the daily newspaper Público.

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