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

Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage at Clermont Ferrand (1)

You cannot leave things so much as to forget them in time, even more when it´s about a professionally enriching experience such as participation in " Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage "in Clermont-Ferrand , one of the most important travel books authors festivals in the world and almost certainly the most important in Europe.

Clermont-Ferrand cartel de mi expositor

The selection was made on the base of a portfolio with some of my drawings sent, once past that point, which honestly got me excited, I was one of 30 or 40 travel books authors selected from the countries invited to this edition, the Iberian peninsula and Latin America.

Clermont-Ferrand expositor Clermont-Ferrand dibujos

I hadn´t have a lot of information before arriving there, it was in Clermont that I realized the size of the festival, and the professional level of the participants, sponsors, editors and especially public visiting for 3 days the Congress Centre in Clermont-Ferrand.

Clermont-Ferrand: Luis Ruiz

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Along with my fellow sketchers: Inma Serrano and Luis Ruiz, also selected as exhibitors at the festival, jointly we organized the trip, so that all those hours in car was also a time full of conversations on ideas, projects, artistic interests... a real brainstorming of over 12 hours trips in two separate days of travel.

Clermont-Ferrand: Como dibuja Inma Serrano


Clermont-Ferrand: Miguel Herranz, Freekhand Clermont-Ferrand Clermont-Ferrand Clermont-Ferrand: Inma Serrano Clermont-Ferrand: entrevista en radio

Professionally my presence in Clermont festival has made me realize that I can actually have job opportunities, on how to present them to the publishers, what is more interesting to them and which are the deadlines you we must work with. Personally, it was very exciting because of the meeting with so many sketchers friends from all over Spain and even Europe, which I had only knew virtually. A total of five days, counting the stay and the trip, full of experiences, meetings with publishers, one radio interview, drawings and photographs.



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