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

Back in Time--Railroad Station

I grew up about a half block from this gorgeous old station on the Chicago-Alton line, and spent a lot of time there as a kid.  The station agent even taught me Morse Code (and of course I can only remember S.O.S., now!)--he lived next door to me when he retired.

I was delighted after I put this post up in Urban Sketchers Midwest to learn that the station hadn't been torn down after all, it had been moved to a new location near the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence!  So of course another pilgrimage to my roots was in order...we drove over the other day and sat in the autumn sun while I drew, then took the tour of the restored building.

That's a Morse Code key at upper right!

More photos and another sketch here.

I skipped the Holiday decor...when I was a kid the luggage cart wasn't tarted up with greenery and big red bows, and there were no huge wreaths on the building, so they don't appear here, either.  A bit of artistic license!

I still love the sound of a train...

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