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

Storm's brewing.....

Storm's brewing.

Some friends and I were out at the quay side along Singapore river sketching, safe from the sun underneath some shelters that are part of the al fresco facilities of a restaurant. It wasn't opened at that hour of the morning so we unabashedly crashed in and enjoyed the shade, sketching what's on the opposite bank of the river. As we sketched the sky turned darker and darker.I could see from my side dark looming clouds got thicker and heavier as they covered almost the entire skyline but leaving a bright horizon line. An hour plus later it started to drizzle so we left and went to the gallery where the Urban Sketchers from Singapore were having a group show. It rained some more and more in the later part of the day. Later in the night, we saw how the rain has caused flash floods over some parts of Singapore, but it was not comparable to what "Sandy" has caused in the East coast of US especially in NY. I have not experienced power cut for like 30 years in Singapore and I definitely do not think I could cope with a hurricane. My thoughts go to everyone who is and was in the path of "Sandy".... may they recover from it as soon as possible.

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