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 Taiwan Trip

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Following Ch'ng Kiah Khien's post on his recent Taiwan sketching trip, I am sharing my pieces.

I sketched with KK on the last few days of 2012 in Taiwan. I did two loose watercolour pieces at Ximending, Taipei. This is what you see when I put two of them side by side. The name "Ximending" came from the period of Japanese colonization. Ximending, a happening place, is the center for recreation then and now. So glad to meet all the sketchers here in Taipei. Even Kwin from Bangkok joined us later. A rare Asian sketchers' Meet in Taiwan!

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While waiting for Kwin, a sketcher from Thailand, we continued to sketch at Ximending and i decided to do a black and white piece in my sketchbook. really felt very free and loose and lots of fun too. Two Taiwanese passersby were so shocked when they watched me using the dirty tissue which I used to clean the brushes to have a dab here and a blob there on the sketchbook to create the darker tones that you see here.

Kwin finally joined us at Taipei in the late afternoon, What a gathering for sketchers from Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia! Totally unplanned! It just happened on 28 Dec 2012!

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