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

Jenny Adam

"Hi, i'm Jenny. I'm an Industrial designer and Illustrator originally from Göttingen, Germany.
I'm honored and flattered to become a correspondent for Urban Sketchers. I guess i've always drawn but focused more on location drawing for the past few years. I really became obsessed with it when i was studying in Barcelona on an Erasmus scholarship in 2010, and met all those amazingly talented people like Lapin, Swasky, EclecticBox, Sagar and many more. They are the guys who organise next year's symposium- so I'm definitely not going to miss that.

About my drawings- I don't have a specific style or tools that i always use. Probably because i can't walk past an art supply store without getting something- anything really. Trying out new stuff is maybe my style. 
My sketchbooks have become my visual diary. The drawings in them evoke vivid memories for me that could not have been captured by camera. I try to draw my very personal perspective on a place or a situation, often focusing on details and composition. It's so interesting when a bunch of people are drawing the same subject and all the drawings come out completely different, each one with its own focus and beauty. When i draw, i study things more closely, i simply see and discover more. To me, that is what's great about sketching."



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