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

My many Indias: Part 1

I am just back from a month long trip to India so I figured I 'd do a series of posts of my sketches. What better way to start than witha food sketch? These are my kids eating breakfast on their first morning in Bangalore, India. For once, I'm glad they'r slow eaters: it gives me time to sketch them!
After more than 24 hours on the plane (and that doesn't count layovers and getting to and from the airport!) , they thought it was such a treat to be allowed to substitute Mirinda for milk at breakfast time. Breakfast for them was a crispy warm conical dosa. I went overboard and had a idli-wada plate, followed by a Bangalore specialty, the 'set dosa', a set of three thick dosas. All that had to be downed with filter coffee.

Taking meals 2, Bangalore

This is a quick capture of a fast-disappearing sight: a tailor who sits with his sewing machine on the pavement. For a few rupees, he will repair, alter or completely transform a garment, all while you wait. this tailor sits before a wall with posters of the Elephant God, Ganesh and another poster advertising 'Computer Horoscopes', an essential component in traditional matchmaking in India.

Tailor, Bangalore

For more sketches from my trip, visit my blog here.

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