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

Dragon Kiln

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On Friday, 23 Nov 2012, the dragon kiln is roaring again with fire. Resident potter, Steven Low was firing his big sculpture pieces to be installed at the near-by Clean Tech Park sculpture park. As like before, we had BBQ at night and before the sky turned dark, I did a sketch. I did the colouring on Sunday when I went back there again for our usual first Sunday of the month breakfast gathering. This is one of the two surviving wood kilns in Singapore and both kilns are in danger of disappearing in a few years time when the Clean Tech Park encroaches into the compound. It used to called Pottery Jungle but the trees and the pond are already gone in the name of modernization. Click to view larger image.

Size : 240 x 680mm
Medium : ink and watercolours

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