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

Tableaux vivants, gesture drawings

I'm going to enjoy drawing people more than panoramas. I recently met a group of actors that plays tableaux vivants from Caravaggio and other painters. I drawn during their performance and it has been great. The painting get alive in front of us, just like being in Caravaggio's studio, with his models. I like the actors idea of reduce the painting to its essential elements, using nothing but their bodies and pieces of coloured fabric. The same reduction to essential has to be done with drawings. Almost as a dance, their preparation of pictures is even more interesting than the final scenes, as I enjoied the experience more than results. Each drawing took me about 2', more in this set.

Disegno in Scena workshop

To share this experience with other sketchers, I organized a workshop in Naples with Caroline Peyron that starts next January. Curious but, apart from a false discovery of this summer, Caravaggio left no sketches. So we'll do all the other way: produce "unpublished" sketches from model poses taken from original paintings. Music will give rhythm, both to actors and sketchers. A video of Teatri35 amazing Caravaggio's tableaux performance: Per Grazia Ricevuta.



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