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

HurriKane Sandy

My wife and I had to go to my cousin's wedding in Ireland. We had round trip tickets to London that we hadn't used, so we flew to Ireland through Heathrow, which is a nightmare for anyone who has ever switched planes there, knows. It takes over an hour an a half to get to your next plane, but that's another story. The wedding was lovely. We were returning to New York on Sunday. When we got to Heathrow, Yun got a text from American Airlines saying all flights to New York were cancelled due to the pending storm. We looked at the board but it didn't say anything yet. Yun and I knew it was true though. We ran to the ticket counter and they told us it was very true. So we booked a flight later in the week to Manhattan. We only had carry on luggage so we didn't have to wait to get our bags back, which would have been a horror show. After we were done, it got posted that everything was cancelled. Suddenly people were coming from every direction in a panic. We walked out calmly and headed for London. We stayed with friends and were able to have a nice little extended holiday. Thankfully we missed the whole storm. I enclosed a photo of 3 of the kittens that I write about in my drawing.

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