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

Cars show

Yesterday I went to a antique car show here in Sao Paulo. I love to see the beauties from the past and sketch them is just a consequence.
I tried different approaches this time:
  • Fast linear sketches from a closer point of view, which I found very hard;
  • 'Straight to colors' drawing with markers, laying over masses of pale blue and shades of grey, which I did in a more calm pace (I was also seating this time);
  • And very fast sketches with markers, just trying to capture the proportions and the general shapes of the cars. I found this way interesting to explore more, as I could have added a linear drawing over it.
I have to say that my admiration for Lapin, Florian and Gerard increased a lot - drawing cars is something very, very difficult.

These kids watched me drawing for a long time...

The incredible Cadillac Coupe de Ville

 Abraços do Brasil!



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