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

Pencil sketching at the Seattle Art Museum





Last Sunday, a bunch of Seattle urban sketchers enjoyed their monthly dose of communal drawing at the Seattle Art Museum. A museum is always a great sketching destination, especially when the weather isn't good, as often happens in Seattle this time of the year.

Unfortunately, I arrived late and missed the meetup, but I didn't want to go back home without any drawings in my sketchbook, so I got to work. I sketched museumgoers admiring two masterpices that are part of an interesting exhibit, "Elles, Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou." The show, open through Jan. 13, includes 130 works of art made by women artists from 1907 to 2007.

Only pencil sketching is allowed in the galleries, but I welcomed the limitation. It forced me to think about light and dark values. In the museum lobby, however, you can use colors. See what my fellow sketchers drew there on the Seattle Urban Sketchres blog site and flickr group.

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