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

Collage of Sketches

Collage of Sketches
There are some days you just feel like sketching the whole day when you have the capacity to do so. I did that yesterday which was a Saturday. I met up with Buz who came visiting from Johor Bahru, Malaysia to sketch at Kampong Glam, a now very touristy Malay community and ethnic enclave. The sun was bearing down on us mercilessly. I did a quick ink and watercolor sketch of Masjid Sultan and another of students who were sketching there too inside the same cafe as us. However though they were drawing on location, they were in fact sketching from reference photos they took of the place. 2 hours later we parted ways, and I headed to the mall to join my wife who has been there since morning working on her writing. Here's a collection of sketches that I put together as a mosaic (above). It has been really fruitful!!

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