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

Finding indoor drawing spots in Montreal

I had some downtime while attending the Montreal International Game show at the Bonaventure Hotel. The office tower nest door has helpfully lined up their lobby with the central dome of the Marie Rienne du Monde Cathedral. There's a six story atrium created so the windows can offer a perfectly framed view of the copper dome.



The security guard came by and checked what I was drawing. He said if I'd been sketching the lobby interior he would have had to throw me out, but the cathedral alone was fair game. Very strange. So if you're sketching around downtown Montreal, make sure to only sketch beautiful old churches, never never draw glass windows or shiny chrome escalators.

This is done with water and Lamy pens again. My current favorite 'take anywhere' kit. The color is an interesting artifact of the scanner on my cheap Cannon five-in-one office printer. Everything useful in the studio is packed for a move, so I used this silly thing. It introduced these weird color shifts into the scan, which I chose to ramp up in Photoshop:)  Neat hey?

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