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

If it's autumn, it must be Andalucía.

Jerea de la Frontera is truly a cradle of flamenco. This café is right on the Plaza Santiago, one of two major flamenco neighborhoods. It's owned by the phenomenal Juana la del Pipa, famous singer and dancer from one of Jerez's most important flamenco families. The apartment we rent every autumn in Jerez is right around the corner from Juana's. Here's our start of the day: in between coffee and fino.


It's not a very long commute as we switch locations from Jerez to Cádiz (only 40 min. or so on the wonderful near-distance train), but it's a different world: from Jerez tranquility to the port city of Cádiz, where you can almost sense the footsteps of Goya, centuries ago. The transition is sleepy, as it should be.
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