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

Winter Sketching

I love to draw snow landscapes in watercolor. There is so much white!  However it is difficult to find a warm and cozy place with a nice view, where you can draw. Today I found one! Miriam Benmousa,  USk Germany correspondent from Munich, was passing through Berlin and we decided to meet for a coffee and sketch. A friend of mine had told me about this Cafe and I decided to try it. I have to confess that I was going for the reputation of the food, but it turn out to have a wonderful big window to the street. In front of the cafe there  is this vintage movie theater, that I like, because if one of the places in Berlin where you can watch movies in the original language.
Babylon Kino, Dresdener Strasse - Berlin
I left the white of the paper as snow, but carefully since white is never 100% white, there are many subtle shades of grey, that are important to make the white shine. With a dry flat old brush I painted the car tracks. And when I arrived home I added some gouache white for the snow flakes.



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