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

Dominican Protests against Corruption




 These drawings were made at one of the many protests being held here in the Dominican Republic.  Our last government left us deep in debt, because of bad administration incredibly dirty, corrupt schemes.  Their answer to this is to raise all taxes on the people.  For once in over 40 years the usually dormant and apathetic dominican population has miraculously come together and manifested against this abuse.  These are trying times to say the least, but there is a spark of hope.  The struggle will be a long one, these dinosaur politicians won't give up so easily, in fact they usually dismiss our protests by saying the opposing party is sponsoring them, or that only a few spoiled middle class citizens are attempting against the 'peace' of the country.  We'll keep our hopes up, we'll fight on, however clumsily we do it.

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