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

Winsor&Newton, what a pity

When I start drawing, I always used the same sketchbooks, those from Winsor&Newton. They pleased me, but at the time doesn’t seem to be any others, at least here in Portugal. Now that the offer is enormous, the brand starts to produce their sketchbooks with lousy glue, turning impossible to open the books more then a few times. Instead of solving the problem, the “genius” from the W&N marketing department resolves to sell the sketchbooks rapped in plastic, hopping that we, a bunch of fools, don’t notice the defect in the selling shop. Result: I don’t know any drawers that still use the W&N sketchbooks. They don’t need the money, there at the W&N…! These two drawings, that already show the spreads turning loose in the middle, are, unfortunately, the last drawings that I do in these sketchbooks. And I wish that W&N read this post.



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