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

To Florida and back: one concert, one dinner, 3 sketches

I did an impulsive thing. One day I took a quick trip to Ponte Vedra, Florida to see one of my favorite musicians perform. Next day, I flew back.

I wanted to sketch Richard Thompson as he was singing and playing his guitar, but a Big Hair eruption in the woman who sat down front of me at the last minute  cut out all the light that had been shining down on my sketchbook.

As a friend said, it's sometimes better just to experience than to document.

But I did manage an airport sketch
Miami airport construction and two restaurant scenes.
Palm Valley Fish Camp: waiting for a table
Have you ever tried Fried Gator Tail with Cowgill’s Datil Pepper Aioli?  Me, neither, but you can order some at the wonderful Palm Valley Fish Camp where we had other delicious food, served amiably and well.Palm Valley Fish Camp: man and fish!
When I finished this last sketch, I thought 'where have I seen this before?' And then I remembered this sketch from 2009.
Gamekeeper's Restaurant,  Blowing Rock, NCNot the same, but not altogether different. At least the fish look more blasé about the whole situation!



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