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


You may have heard about the latest big thing to come to Los Angeles...actually a return home of sorts.  The NASA Space Shuttle program was based here in California, and with the program's retirement, the 4 remaining Space Shuttles have now found homes at museums around the country.  In September, the last of the space shuttles, the Endeavor, flew into Los Angeles piggy-backed on a Boeing 747...what a sight!  I'm glad I got to see it fly into the airport, however I regret I missed the real "urban sketching moment"...when last month the Endeavor was transported in a 12-mile, slow-moving parade through neighborhoods of Los Angeles,  from the airport to its new home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, where I finally caught up to it last week to draw it!  Thousands lined the streets to watch this momentous event (which involved moving street lights and trees) here are some great photos...

A little girl was asked by a reporter what she liked best, and she said "all the scars on it"...probably not what the reporter was expecting, but when I finally saw it, that impressed me too!

While I was drawing I heard a boy ask "Is it real?  It looks like it's made out of cardboard!"  Since the shuttles had to endure extreme heat upon reentry, they were covered in thermal protective insulation tiles that do look a bit like cardboard.  While I was drawing some students came over to see what I was doing...a delightful group from Mendota Jr. High, near Fresno, California.  They told me about the program they're in, MESA, Math, Engineering, Science Achievement...

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