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

Spring in Auckland

I was hoping to post some warm, bright spring sketches from the southern hemisphere in response to recent autumn sketch posts. Sadly though spring in Auckland is a precarious beast, both warm and cold, windy and wet, and often all more than once in the same day.

I've been sketching yachts being repaired up on the hard. Auckland's yards and marinas are a hive of activity at this time of year with hulls being scraped down and fresh anti-fouling slapped on in preparation for the summer season. Owners are flat out sanding and painting.

Some yacht owners obviously have a lot more to do than others!

And a visit to this years Sculpture Onshore exhibit, an outdoor show perched on a cliff with a view over the Hauraki Gulf. I captured Richard Wedekind's sculpture 'Buoys - straining against the tide' standing guard while a couple of Americas Cup yachts sail by.

And finally an aborted BBQ sketch. No one likes a soggy snarler so when the first barbie of the season was abandoned in order to save the dinner I turned back to find the colour rinsing of my page in the rain!



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