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 relaxing afternoon at the museum....

Yesterday 18 Montrealers met up for our monthly Sunday Sketching outing. This time at the Musee de Beaux Arts. Many people sketched views out the windows. Everyone is chafing to be on the street drawing. I think it's still a few cold months away.


I took the opportunity to do studies in the classical sculpture room. Technically visitors at the Musee are only allowed to sketch in pencil. In practice they don't seem to mind a discreet bit of ballpoint pen, or even a little water pen and pan colors - but I think they'd draw the line at pulling out the tube colors. 

In any case - I wouldn't normally draw in pencil if it weren't for the regulations. I don't know why I don't do it more often. It's actually very relaxing. I think cast drawing would make great art therapy. It's very calming, especially next to all this live-action-drawing I've been up to lately. I wonder if this is another sub-category for Urban Sketching - we could start a slow sketching movement! Perhaps that's a topic for a future workshop.



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