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

Kidds Beach

I've just come back from a holiday in the Eastern Cape, at Kidds Beach, a little village where my family have visited, and more recently lived, for generations. Lots of happy memories, and a few pangs that many of the people I so associate with the place are no longer here. But more are, and so kindly invited us to stay.
This used to be the Kidds Beach Tearoom, now a restaurant and pub, which as children was the most thrilling aspect of the trip. Walking up those curved steps into the smell of suntan lotion, sweets, fresh bread, sand and sea is still a strong memory, though now replaced with fish and chips and beer. We were allowed to choose one or two sweets - usually it was a big pink stick of 'Kidds Beach Rock', with the name running right through from end to end, to last for the whole holiday!
 Another old and familiar building next to the tidal pool, though I've never been sure what it's for...a little changeroom with no doors...or a shelter from the wind? A group of beach cleaners bounced past in a very happy mood, so I added one to my sketch (hoping he might disguise my bad perspective!)

Like Liz Steel, I've done a lot of sketching of rocks, rock pools and waves, while my husband and son fished without success. A mystery as to how best paint the sea, you could spend a lifetime trying! These are watercolour with a bit of Inktense crayon here and there.You can see bigger versions of them on my blog if you like.

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