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

It's official! Barcelona to host our 4th International Symposium!

Barcelona to host 4th International 
Urban Sketching Symposium
Mark your calendars for July 11-13
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Workshops to be announced in January
Registration to open in March

The 4th International Urban Sketching Symposium will take place in Barcelona, July 11-13, 2013. Urban Sketchers is excited to be collaborating with a city rich in culture and design for this three-day sketching event, and to have the support of Barcelona’s city hall, Ajuntament de Barcelona. Barcelona will be a big attraction for local and international sketching enthusiasts to gather for workshops, panels and lectures. Over 100 sketchers and instructors will gather for the three-day conference to sketch the sites and people of Barcelona. The sketchers will assemble daily at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), before heading out into the city for hand-on workshops.

"It was a tough decision to pick the host city of our 4th international symposium, but Barcelona stood out among the running candidates. We have a great local community of urban sketchers ready to make this a fantastic event in a city that is pure eye-candy for anyone who loves to draw,” said Urban Sketchers founder Gabriel Campanario, a Spanish journalist and illustrator based in Seattle, WA.

Sketching workshops will be led by a group of local and international instructors that is sure to include architects, illustrators, artists, and educators. A full list of workshops and instructors will be announced in January 2013.

An established group of sketchers currently gathers regularly to sketch, and posts their work to Urban Sketchers Spain. This group is a meeting point for people who share a passion for drawing, and they will bring that passion to this endeavor.

“We are excited to be hosting this year’s Symposium because it is going to be like introduce to your beloved friends your city and I love Barcelona and I want to show it to them. On the other hand, the Symposium has become as the social side of Urban Sketchers, the online drawing movement. It is once a year, we share, we learn, we draw and we show and all this is going to happen on July in my city and you all are welcome,” said Barcelona sketcher, local Symposium organizer, and Urban Sketchers board member Victor Martínez Escámez (Swasky).
Other Barcelona Symposium organizers include local urban sketchers Antonio Baza (Shiem), Daniel Castro, Marta Castro, Isaac Duenyas, Eclectic Box, Sagar Fornies, Miguel Herranz (Freekhand), Lapin, Aleix Mataró, Yadira Reyes, Eduardo de Vicente, David Ramírez and Sílvia Xicola.The Barcelona Symposium logo was designed by Sagar, Freekhand, Eclectic Box and Yadira Reyes.The Ajuntament is also promoting drawing events (Barcelona dibuixa - Barcelona draws) in Barcelona in conjunction with the Symposium. Drawing workshops will be held every month leading up to the July Symposium, giving the general public a chance to participate.

Previous Symposium host cities include Portland, Oregon US (2010); Lisbon, Portugal (2011); and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2012). Websites for the Symposiums in these cities can be accessed from the Symposium Portal.

Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing; promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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