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 - Sheffield

We had a great day on Saturday. It had snowed overnight, so I had to walk all the way into the city centre in my hiking boots and didn't expect to have much of a turn-out, but instead we had the highest head-count for a while: 22 people, 2 who had risked the train from other cities and 3 first-timers, which was fantastic!

We started by pretty much taking over the top floor of Cafe Nero. There were great views out of a sheet glass window, but I felt more in the mood for drawing my fellow sketchers. This is Harry:

He and his older, teenage brother (both below) come to every event I arrange and are both very promising sketchers indeed. The little lad in this photo came with his mum and even he brought a sketchbook and drew quietly the whole day.

We drank coffee all morning and huddled together in the warm. Very nice.

Next we moved into the Millennium Galleries complex to sketch. I discovered an excellent landscape painting exhibition so took a break and had a quick look round that before it was time to go for our sketch-lunch at the Frog and Parrot pub up the road. 

I reserved us 2 long tables. We took nearly 3 hours over it, sketching and eating and sketching and drinking and sketching and chatting. Fantastic. The waitress was very patient with us! 

When we were done, we passed round a plate and people put in the right money for what they had each eaten. Miraculously, when we counted it up to pay the bill, it worked out perfectly - we sketchers are an honest bunch!!

We finished the day with some final sketching and the book-sharing at another cafe/bar, where I ordered yet more coffee and some cake for my pudding. I got so caught up with this painting though, I completely forgot about it and, by the time I remembered, my coffee was stone cold. Ah well: we have to suffer for our art.

A lovely day with lovely people. Again. What a good idea SketchCrawling was - thank you Enrico!



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