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

D.R. Free Zone.

By Orling Dominguez in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Daler-Rowney, the famous brand of art supplies, happens to have its factory at the Free Zone in La Romana, Dominican Republic. I just found out about it this past January when I took a two weeks drawing class with USk Correspondent Melanie Reim, at Altos de Chavón/The School of Design, my "alma mater" and beloved art school, (what an awesome experience Mel, thanks!!!). 

The factory donated sketchbooks for the class and opened its doors to us so we could draw their staff at work. Last thing I would had imagine is that their factory was in Dominican ground. Why am I usually the last one to find out about these things? Go figure!



© 2013 Orling "Arty" Domínguez


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