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

Halloween SketchCrawl

SketchCrawl North has been active for 2 years now, going out at least once a month, all over our region. So we decided to celebrate with a party and, since it was Halloween last week, we made it a fancy-dress event.

Of course, as we are all sketchers, we couldn't just have a party, it had to be a sketch-party! Just like with our Mad Hatters Tea Party, we all brought food and set up a lovely, spooky spread to draw. I decided to draw my fellow sketchers though:

Unfortunately, the slight snag with being the host is that you end up spending most of your sketching time answering the door to late-comers, fetching drinks, chairs etc, so I didn't get as much drawing done as I would have liked, but it was a lovely evening.

After we'd been drawing for an hour or so, we allowed ourselves to tuck into the food. One of our number had made pumpkin soup to kick us off (though it was my green jelly with a big, black spider in, which the kids were desperate to scoff!):

Our next event is in Hull on Saturday November 17th if anyone would like to join us. If you are in the north of England and want to join the group, email me.



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