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

Basketball is the talk of the town in Seattle

Seattle lost its NBA team, the Sonics, in 2008. They moved to Oklahoma and became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

You know how sports are in America, teams can change from one city to another! Crazy. They go wherever the owner decides. That would never happen say, with Barça or Manchester United. Riots would ensue and civilization as we know it would pretty much end in those cities if their teams left. I'm exaggerating of course, but you get the point.

Anyhow, the fact is that some wealthy folks have agreed to buy the team from Sacramento (sorry, Pete Scully!) and bring it to Seattle, where it'll be renamed, you guessed it, the Sonics! If all goes well, they will start playing at Seattle's Key Arena in the fall.

I'm telling you all this as commentary to these sketches because my son is really looking forward to the Sonics return. He's been playing basketball all winter, as you see in some of these pocket sketchbook notes, and is already asking if we'll get tickets to the first Sonics game. My daughter has been playing basketball too, so the sport has been not only the talk of the town but also the talk of our household!

(I can't post it here since it belongs to my employer, but you can also see a sketch of Key Arena during an WNBA game on my Seattle Times blog.)

Are you a basketball fan?



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