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

some sketches at Sogang University, Seoul

Administration Building, the main office, pen and watercolor

another view of Administration Building, pen and watercolor

Jesuit Community connected with Administration Building, pen and watercolor

St. Ignatius House, pen and watercolor

The Statue of Christ in front of St. Ignatius House, pen and watercolor

Gymnasim and Arrupe Hall building, pen and watercolor

Ricci Hall building, pen and watercolor

Loyola Library, pen and watercolor

Albatross Tower, the symbol of Sogang University, pen and watercolor

Emmaus Hall viewed from Sports Ground, pen and soft pastel
(sketchbook  21x 29.7cm)
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Sogang university was established in 1960 by the Society of Jesus to provide an education based on Catholic belief and inspired by the Jesuit educational philosophy, in conformity with the Korean tradition of education.
The campus located at the foot of Nogosan Mountain, and lies close to Sinchon Subway Station in downtown Seoul. A few famous modern architecture and numbers of contemporary buildings are mixed together felicitously, and they are in harmony with nature and the surroundings around campus.
I sketched strolling in the elegant campus, and enjoying beautiful fall leaves pleasantly.

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