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

Hong Kong long sketches.......

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I used the Moleskine Japanese sketchbook for my recent Hong Kong trip from 10 to 14 Nov 2012. It was perfect for the short trip as I managed to complete the sketchbook while capturing mainly indoor scenes when having my meals. I had no time for outdoor sketches except one in Macau in the middle of the crowded street and that one was done in less than 10 minutes.

I also brought my newly acquired Sakura brush pens but sadly left them on the plane together with my favourite pencil soft case which was with me for almost 30 years. I used only brush pens in various colours on day one drawing scenes from the airport, at the boarding lounge and inside the plane. Then the rest of the pages were filled with tip pens I bought in Hong Kong except for two which I used my reliable Hero fountain pens.

As they are not readily available in any stationery or art supply stores, the moment I got back home from Hong Kong, I rushed to the same shop and bought exactly the same set of brush pens. For now, my only regret is loosing my favourite pencil soft case.

You can see the details of the long sketchbook on my flickr.

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