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

Sketching at IKEA

A while back, someone in our little sketching group in Stockholm got the idea that we should go sketching at IKEA some time. The biggest IKEA in the world is situated just south of Stockholm, it´s always shockingly full of people, the parking lot is always crowded (they seem to add another floor to it each year), and it seemed like a crazy enough place to go sketching. So today we did.

IKEA Kungens kurva, bed department 

I think this was the first time I truly enjoyed being at IKEA on a weekend. No errands, no standing in lines waiting for help in the info desks, just relaxing and sketching away with the free art supply provided by IKEA - their little note taking pencils turned out to be great for value sketching.

IKEA Kungens kurva, sofa department 

Drawing in IKEA turned out to be more fun that I could imagine. The perspective challenges are endless, and there are people everywhere (good for sketching, bad for shopping), you have an endless choice of comfy furniture to sit on, and a café on every floor. Sketching in dark and cold November doesn´t get much better than this. ;)



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