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.

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Meet the correspondents: BOSTON, USA > Mike Daikubara

"I love sketching since it allows me to see and understand better and it’s the only time I get to experience the ‘Present’ as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future. I feel like I’m fully grasping the ‘Now’ when I’m sketching.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, I was raised in New York City and moved to various states due to my work (California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and currently in Massachusetts). I first began sketching frequently in 2000 to be able to communicate faster and better in my Industrial Design day Job. Now 12 years later, I sketch purely for enjoyment but it’s actually close to an obsession!

Attending the 1st Urban Sketchers Symposium in Portland in 2010 was a true eye opener for me since it was the first time I met so many like-minded people with the same passions as me and I learned so much. I’m proud to be part of the Urban Sketchers community and it’s truly an honor to be selected as a correspondent.

I prefer to travel light and my entire daily sketching tool fits comfortably inside the mini Moleskine backpack shown in the photo. Fountain pen & watercolor is the medium I enjoy using the most.

I currently live in the greater Boston area with my wife and Bengal cat ‘Pen Pen’ (Her names comes from getting her in Pennsylvania, and for my love of pens!)"

-- Mike Daikubara is an Industrial Designer based in Boston, Massachusetts.



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