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

More Sketches from the Royal Armouries

Here are a couple more drawings from Saturday's SketchCrawl.

The museum had fighting armour on display from many cultures, often as part of full-size reconstructions, so it could be quite dramatic stuff! I really enjoyed the Oriental rooms:

I also found I was particularly drawn to armoured horses:

I had this lovely bit of feedback from someone who came for her 2nd Sketchcrawl with us:

"I really enjoyed the day on Saturday, as indeed I did the one back in October at YSP. In fact, neither Jayne nor I have stopped sketching since, and have both already got through a sketch diary each! Having a very talented brother who is labelled as 'the arty one', I've never considered myself much of an artist, and its been very liberating to just get on and do it without worrying (much!) about what other people might think. Looking forward to the March sketchcrawl already."




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