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

Higgins Armory Museum

Every once in a while I wake up in the morning with a strong urge in wanting to sketch something particular. I’ve had dinosaurs, large mammal skeletons (whales), classic cars and this time around it was Armory. Online searching lead me to a place an hour west from Boston called the Higgins Armory museum - listed as the “only museum in the Western Hemisphere that is solely devoted to arms and armor.” I was excited and quickly headed out.

The free-standing glass and steel frame structure could be spotted from miles away and it was considered to be the first of its type to be built in the United States. The 4 story building was packed with armory from all over the world with a wide selection that was medieval and Renaissance Europe.

The day was a Sunday and their hours were very short so I needed to get all of my armory sketching cravings out of the way in 3 hours.

The 1st two were the two knights that were staged fighting each other. Forced perspective is something I’ve been enjoying recently so I tried a little bit of that here too. 121125_knight1
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Since I had no idea what I was sketching, finding a disassemble figure with descriptions called out really helped me out.
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A large center display on the 3rd floor consisted of two figures on horses jousting each other. This one was a fun sketch looking up and sketching the knight and the horse.
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Here’s a very decorative figure with colorful fabric clothing.
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3 figures shown here from the left are from the Netherlands, England and Switzerland in the 1600’s. I like how each country had different approaches to aesthetics and functionally.
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By this time I was starting to get exhausted and started head to the 1st floor and found this huge armor with really scary looking pointy attachments on the feet.
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And next to the figure was a cute little dog with chain/ plate armor was sketched to wrap up the day. 121125_dog

3 hours exact – I was physically and mentally wiped out but felt really good since all of my armory sketching cravings were accomplished!

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