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

Vertical Volterra Sketchbook

Volterra porta-porta

Porta Etrusca or Porta dell'Arco in Volterra is an etruscan gate that has been preserved during II World War by the effort of the population that in one night only covered it of stones and prevented German army to bomb it (as a solution to stop English army coming to free the city).

From Porta Docciola to Porta dell'Arco is a door-to-door sketchwalk that I made in Volterra with a Moleskine Japanese, before my last summer urban sketchers workshop (more drawings here). The city is built on a cliff and its medieval gates, fortress and walls are still intact, wooden doors included. Lots of tourists visit it at any time of the year but it is still possible to meet locals and listen at interesting conversations. I reported a few old people chatting, I love to hear their stories.



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