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

TICKETS TO (STOP A) RIDE!!

I visited Singapore recently and was made so..o.o...very, very happy there by the so..o..oo warm and friendly and enthusiastic hospitality of many, many new and old friends. Thank you so much to my former Rotarian fellows, especially Pok Zin, Avery and family where I stayed for a few nights and many members of USk-Singapore. Tia, in particular, gave many of us a great lunch, thanks a lot again here. Mr. Chan, Alvin, Don and Whee Teck spent a lot of time bringing me around and talk with me on some very interesting subject....now.. where should I stop?!?

It was Edric who gave me a piece of Singapore's love-hate parking coupon used to display in vehicle while parking in all of URA's parking lots.Singapore use this self-monitor ticketing system for parking facility instead of coin and metering machine as in many countries. One would purchase the whole book of this coupon, in various nomination just like a bank note for parking purpose. The coupon is a simple piece of paper about 3x6", printed with date, hours and minute on pre-punched rows and columns of round tabs. One would tear away some relevant tabs to show time of parking and place them prominently on dash board for easy (random) checking of some full-time parking attendant.

These coupons are discarded after used as trash and some smart guys like Edric use the back of the coupon for his delicious sketches. The results are more than just good taste, I think. The off white color paper takes both ink and watercolor bravely but it's those unused pre-punched hole markings that bring the sketches to another side of the sketching experience!

 Keong Seak Street near Chinatown with a monster block of super highrise public housing at the other end : Singapore geared up for Christmas at Orchard/Scott Road junction : A diner at breakfast in the Tanglin Club.
A lady friend sketching at Blair Road : A man with tattoo and his on-line card game at waiting area at CPF building : Flower seller lady at front of the Temple of Goddess of Mercy, Middle Road.

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