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

38th Worldwide Sketchcrawl: Los Angeles

For 37th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, the Los Angeles group took advantage of sunny weather to walk between several buildings in historical core of downtown Los Angeles. Some of us, like my fellow correspondent Virginia, also went to nearby Pershing Square to sketch ice skaters, too - seeing an outdoor ice skating rink is a novelty for us, especially on a bright and warm 75 F/24 C day!

I stayed back at Biltmore Hotel to practice drawing some architectural elements. Here is a page of sketches the sweeps of brownish color are "free-form" accidents from spilled paint.

The group moved onto Grand Central Market for lunch and outdoor sketching. Some of us went to Central Library for a little more sketching. The sketchbook page below combines the two locations. I enjoyed drawing more architectural details and seeing a park and lush greenery next to highrises.



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