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

Subway Drawings

The end of the holiday season and the start of the new semester is always a busy time for me - makes me miss those long warm summer days when I can go out and do a lot of drawing! But the New York City subway is always a great place to practice both my drawing and my people watching. The people above are classic New York: LOVE the hat and the profile of the gentleman at the left, (he should be in a movie by Francis Ford Coppola), and the crossed arms subway position of the woman to the right of him is one every New Yorker knows well. (There's often a handbag inside the crossed arms.) The people drawn on the right are exhibiting two popular subway sleeping positions: the woman is doing the curled up around a side pole snooze, and the man to the right of her is letting go with the always popular full throated head back snore. Why do I love this city so much? There's always something new to see, even on a packed train. Or especially on a packed train. I hope all my fellow Northeastern Americans are safe and warm after our most recent blizzard...



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