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

A flying 'Morrie' and a 'dropped' Ford

I seem to be going through a pale blue car phase this month having stumbled across these 2 beauties. This '35 Ford V8 Coupe was spotted in the parking garage at work. It's not until I started to draw it that I realised how voluptuous the form actually is. This one's been 'dropped' radically, they sat way higher originally, and features some nice retro wire wheels to set it off.

Another old pale blue car, this time a 50's Morris Minor 1000, looked like a rusty retro spaceship viewed up on the hoist without wheels like this. Spotted at a local workshop when my car was in for a Warrant of Fitness.

The American Fords were a mainstay on our roads prewar and the English Morris and Austins were their equivalent postwar. The 'Morrie' as they're called here is an Alec Issigonis classic (nicer than the VW Beetle I reckon), though he's more famous for his design of the original Mini.



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