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

Lunchtime panorama

The quest has been long but my search is over. For over a year I have been on the lookout for the perfect place to get a panoramic view of Montreal. One that encompasses St. Joseph's Oratory, l'Université de Montréal, the mountain, etc. It's not that there aren't plenty of good vantage points but usually they are from overpasses or other busy places where I can't park or even stop. Well I finally found the perfect view and I am almost embarrassed to say that it is in the building where I work! My office is on the third floor and I have never had any reason to go to the fifth floor because I have no classes up there. So imagine my joy when a colleague took a few of us upstairs to see a new classroom and I discovered a picture window with this view. And the added bonus is that the sill is wide enough for all my gear and there's even a baseboard heater for drying the washes!


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