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

Recycling

Aspuddens tunnelbana 
Sergelgången 
The ticket system for Stockholm public transport has been considered rather oldfashioned for quite some years now, with stamps, paper tickets and paper cards with magnet strips on them. But now we finally seem to be catching up with the rest of the world. It is all about plastic cards, credit card payments, sms tickets and whatnot. It´s getting so modern that you can´t even buy a single ticket on a bus anymore. (Good to know if you ever visit Stockholm.)
Stockholm Centralstation  Stockolm Centralstation 
The last remnant of the old system is the 16 coupon paper strip, which will only be available to March this year. I have been using up some of these strips the last few years, and for some reason I didn´t throw them away, they all ended up in a little plastic ticket cover in my wallet. A while back I started doodling on one while waiting for a train, and this has turned into a favorite pastime while commuting to work. The strips are incredibly small for drawing, but I like how everything I sketch end up looking like comic strips.
The last two strips are from today´s sketching rendez-vous with two fellow sketchers at Stockholm Central Station.

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