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

small concert for 2013 Pyeongchang Winter Special Olympic

A week ago I visited Seoul Station for sketching. At first I looked around Lotte Outlet, Seoul Station Branch where lots of people were shopping. It looks like a good area for passengers or tourists to spend time and buy goods. After enjoying eye-shopping I moved to the station. I sketched one at the lobby.  While sketching I heard an announcement that there would be a concert wishing the successful "2013 Pyeong Winter Special Olympic(2013 평창 동계 스페셜 올림픽)". The special olympic will be held from Jan 29, 2013 to Feb. 5, 2013 for 8 days at Pyeongchang. I went there and took a seat. It was promoted by Korail, Seoul headquarter under the slogan, "Sharing-Hope Concert(희망 나눔 음악회)" for the Special Olympic. The host(MC) told that the players of the performance and the participants of the special olympic would be the intellectual disabled. So the meaning was very special too.



Kim Ji-hee and her mother on the stage

Her mother told how she became to begin the music and like so much. Ji-hee originally liked art at first and found her talent in the guitar later. Mother kept her seat till her daughter finished her playing.
 
 

Six young dancers of the group "Momzit(Gesture, 몸짓)"
They played the famous song "Gangnam Style" in the ending program.
 
Samulnori(Korean traditional percussion quartet), of "Ddamtti(heat rash, 땀띠)" group
Everybody liked the exciting and rhythmical beats and sounds of Samulnori.
 

pen, pencil, sepia conte soft pastels, A 4


I enjoyed both their playing and the sketching. While sketching I recorded some piece for a minute with my mobile. I added them here. Hope the Special olympic's great success!
The MC asked all the audience to go to Pyeongchang and to encourage all the participants of the Special Olympic. All answered "YESSSSSSS!"
 
Today, Jan. 29th, 2013, is its opening day!

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