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

Vancouver in two-and-a-half days

I had some credit with American Airlines and I had to use it before the end of the year. What better way to cash it in than by taking a short trip to Vancouver BC? I knew it would be rainy, but since when does coldish and wet weather dampen my enthusiasms? Since never.
Here are some sketches I made. More on my blog.

Our first afternoon we headed down to the waterfront. As rain and night began to fall, we tucked into the bar at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. They were having a blue Christmas.
Vancouver: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel bar
The fabulous Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has a world-class collection. Their First Nations exhibits were awe-inspiring. And they are all indoors. Rain? Who cares?
Vancouver: UBC Museum of Anthropology
Another good rainy day spot was the Public Market on Granville Island. There there were lots of enclosed spaces and lots of good things to eat and drink. While sketching. I did.
Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market montage
Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market, mother and daughter
I aim to be back on a much more regular basis here in 2013. Happy New Year, if I don't see you before then!

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