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

Lamy Pens and Water - All a sketcher needs :)

The other day Bethann Merkle from the Drawn to Quebec sketch group was passing through Montreal. We had an opportunity to hang out for a few hours and talk sketching. I was particularly impressed how well she draws and talks. If you've ever watched a group of artists chatting, the conversation can be awfully stilted. We *think* we're chatting, but usually it's long silences followed by non-sequiturs.

We ended up in the Museum - too chilly on the street. I did these Lamy pen sketches in the little classical sculpture display.  Then followed up with a touch of water to make midtones. I really love these pens, simply for the water-soluble ink cartridges. It's like magic. You just touch your pen lines and they melt into interesting washes. It's a great way to soften cross-hatching.



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