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

In the Royal Wood of Capodimonte


Bosco di Capodimonte

There is only one real park in Naples, the Royal Wood around Capodimonte Palace, built as a king hunting lodge in 1700. I was there sketching during my friend Caroline Peyron's workshop, last spring. We where almost 50 people and had to paint trees with black ink in 40 cm squared papers, to make a collective paper-wood. My son was drawing too, but then preferred to climb the tree. More drawings of the wood here.

Cricket a Capodimonte
We went to sketch in the Large Cistern, where we met the Sri Lanka cricket team of Naples training, they are great players! They had to clean all the Cistern before and had brought a piece of green carpet too. I told them I liked Cricket Cup, a documentary by Massimiliano Pacifico on how they won the italian tournament once, and some of this guys where in the film too. Lots of Sri Lanka families meet in the park on sundays to pic-nic and play cricket, there is a large community in Naples.

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