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

Sketchcrawling and returning for more...

At the Grand Central Market

For Worldwide Sketchcrawl 38, my fellow Los Angeles
correspondent, Shiho Nakaza, organized and led
a great tour through downtown Los Angeles'
historic core.  It was a gorgeous, warm day,
and we had local sketchers as well as some
who had traveled many miles to join in the event.
What a pleasure it is to spend time with like-minded souls
walking, talking, eating, and then quietly sketching!

One of the best things about a Sketchcrawl
is rediscovering the great things in one's own city.
For the last 15 years, the city has put up an ice rink
at Pershing Square in the heart of downtown from
mid-November to January 21, and this is the first time
I'd ever seen it.  I did a quick sketch during the
Sketchcrawl, and having some time yesterday (and
living not too far away), I returned on the last day
the rink was open to add a few finishing touches and
sketch a bit more.  I love the back drop of the palm trees!

Skating Downtown Thumbnails
Downtown on Ice

Ice Skating in Pershing Square






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