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

Meet the correspondent: SANTO DOMINGO > Orling "Arty" Domínguez



"I’m an Artist-Teacher born and raised in Dominican Republic. I was first introduce to sketching outdoors and reportage drawing while studying at Parsons in New York back in 1994, giving me the opportunity to get to know the city that hosted me for four years even better.
Back to Santo Domingo, sketching became a solitary activity as I didn’t know anyone in the city with the same habit. In 2010, I came across the websites SketchCrawl.com and UrbanSketchers.org and I was delighted to find people who loved to draw and shared their drawings online. Within days I posted a Facebook event promoting the 1st Drawing Marathon in Santo Domingo and in July of the same year I was visiting Portland to attend the first symposium. One thing let to the other and this past summer I was very happy to host the 3rd USk Symposium in Santo Domingo. What an awesome and inspirational experience!
Runners call it “the runner’s high”, I call it “the Sketcher’s High”, that “feeling of euphoria” gotten from an entire day sketching outdoors, and it’s precisely the feeling I get from urban sketching, even more when accompanied by fellow USk’ers.
I'm humbly honor to be here and share my sketches with you… looking forward to what’s coming ahead!"


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