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

Drawing Attention: International Sketching News of Note


“Drawing the Town: Works by Marcia Milner-Brage" is on display through March 31 at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, IA (USA).

Over the past 2 1/2 years, Marcia - a member of USK Midwest - has drawn more than 200 scenes (like the one at left) in and around Cedar Falls and Waterloo with approximately 36 framed pieces in the show.

USK Memphis has a group exhibit at that wraps up this week at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects in Memphis, TN (USA). Each artist got part of a wall to display his or her works, and guests can also peruse the artists' sketchbooks as part of the exhibit.


Berlin Urban Sketchers (right) and their frequent sketching activities were featured in two articles recently, one in Berline-Artparasites and another in the Berliner Zeitung.

New Urban Sketching Book

A new how-to book (below) on sketching is now available.  Sketching on Location was written by USK Board Member and Moscow, ID (USA) USK Correspondent Matthew Brehm and is a "comprehensive guide to drawing from direct observation ... perfect for those who would like to record their visual experiences of where they live and where they travel."

Matt is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho and has been teaching university-level courses and public workshops on sketching for over a decade 

Do you have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention?  Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Until next month...happy sketching,
Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org



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