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

Bridging Time

Fred Lynch
Sketchers are lucky to be able to make memories through drawing. One of the best days I've ever had sketching was in Spoleto, Italy last July; I'll never forget it. There, my brother and I drew together for the very first time since we were kids. That's surprising, considering we're both artists and are now middle aged. 

Sean P. Lynch
Together we tried to capture the awe we shared for the Ponte delle Torri (Bridge of Towers). The majestic structure, built in 1350, stretches over a deep gorge and was built on top of a Roman aqueduct. The bridge is surprisingly narrow and acts now as a breathtaking scenic walkway for visitors. 

My brother and I found a narrow path which veered off from the bridge's approach road. Scuffling down along the steep bank, we found a perfect perch to look up at the giant structure. There we sketched for ninety minutes or so, in the hot sun. In the end I'm surprised to see how similarly we drew things. We look alike, but must we draw alike?

Then again, I must admit, I did learn something from his drawing after making a number of false starts on mine. Instead of trying to draw the entire bridge, I decided a slice was just as nice.



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