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

Facing Science

It's cold here in Boston. Very cold. So, sketching outside is out of the question for me. Fortunately, I was on a mission for this drawing; one that could lead me indoors.

Every January, the Illustration Department at Montserrat College of Art, where I'm a professor, hosts a theme show for its students, alumni and faculty. We all create illustrations which play with the year's theme. This year, the theme is "Science." I racked by brain for quite a while before I came to simple solution. That is, to go to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to seek inspiration. It's a quiet museum that's filled with curiosities. Something was bound to capture my interest, beyond my imagination.

After walking around for a while, I came face to face with the skull of a triceratops. Immediately, struck, I sat and tried to capture its striking glare in the stark, late-afternoon light.

As I drew, a little girl and her mother entered the room of dinosaur bones. 

She said, "These dinosaurs are not scary." "Are they Mommy."

"No, they're not." said her mother. "They've been dead for a long, long time"

"A long, long time." echoed the little girl, but she did not sound convinced.



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