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

Books that Inspire...

A very quick sketch across the highway from a busy parking lot, inspired by David Gentleman's London, You're Beautiful.

Our local diner, sketched FAST, using a Lamy Joy calligraphy pen for an interesting line effect...this sketch inspired me to suggest an urban sketching scavenger hunt on our Urban Sketchers Midwest blog, HERE.  Join us!

I just finished reading David Gentleman's London, You're Beautiful; An Artist's Year and had to share it with you...it was so inspiring my sketchbook shows the results of my explorations, above.

Gentleman, now in his 80s, took an entire year in 2011-2012 to explore his home city, walking and standing to sketch in all kinds of weather, all kinds of subjects and locales.  Parks, slums, people, animals, the burned-out ruins of the 2011 riots, busy markets, quiet quays, famous buildings and places only a local would know--he visited and sketched them all.

You can search inside the book to see what I mean, HERE.

As a teacher of quick sketching techniques, I was particularly inspired by this book--looser and freer than his previous works, it was a perfect example of working fast in an urban setting--I used some of his ideas above.  It makes you itch to get out and discover the nooks and crannies of your OWN home town.

I've always been taken by his combination of minimal linework and soft washes--this book talks about what he does and why, and shows a stunning variety.

I've added several of Gentleman's publications that most closely fit our manifesto to our catalog--but for SURE don't miss London, You're Beautiful. Just click the "books we like" tab at the top of the page and poke around.  If Santa doesn't bring what you wanted most, treat yourself to this one--I'm glad I did.

(And remember, for every purchase you make through our page, the Urban Sketchers organization gets a small percentage we use for our educational programs and symposia.)

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