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

Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra @ Norwood Theatre

My home town theatre had been going through restoration for the past 2 years and reopened this summer in celebration of the 85th anniversary. Since I've live in this town less than 2 years this was the first time stepping inside to see URO - Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. I've never heard of the band before but quickly found out that this giant 10 vocalist rock band performs tons 70's British Rock song hits - and they sure did. They played hits from Queen, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin and much more.
The stage side seats weren't the best seat to see the show but this 1st row seat was a great seat for sketching! I was drinking my beer, singing along with all their songs and sketching a double page spread. It was a fun night.

(A photo my wife took of me in front of the theatre and of me sketching the stage details during intermission.)


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