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

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today i view first witness of a process, that is happing in berlin schools - the introduction of 'smartboards' to substitude blackboards. in a still chalk-equipped class i spott those 'means of math instruction', that arouse sentimental memories. while sketching them i think, that my sympathy for this tools is not just sentimental. i believe, that use of chalk, a basic method of 'skripting' and construction, has an educational value and i would regret, if it was totally substituted by high tech pens and cad. luckily this school keeps its blackboards aside of the modern beamer equipped whiteboards. the teacher tells me, that they had to fight for the preservation of blackboards. they did, because the blackboard can be used easier quick and spontanously and the smartboards need maintenance and energy.
i hope, that other school do the same. analog 'skripting' fits well in a world, where sophisticated music still is performed by pulling horses hair over cats guts, that is calmped on a, preferable old. wooden container and human anatomy is demonstrated with bones, that do not look like casts.




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