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


Мансарда Lemonade Lemonade New vegetarian place in the attic with beautiful view on roofs and the church, fragrance of anisetree and tasty ginger tea. While I was drawing, the boy on the piano was playing the songs of Radiohead and jazz standards, like "Smoke gets in your eyes" and the local cat named bulochka (bun) accompanied him by jumping on the keys.
Больше Кофе (More Coffee)
Bolshe Kofe (More Coffee) Cosy coffee shop in a small grotto in the park. They say the best coffee is there, I'm not an expert, but it's really tasty. The prices are reasonable and it's usually hard to find a seat. On sunday it's full of rosy-cheeked children, because the roof of the grotto is used as the ice-hill. Траппист Trappist This one is Belgian: waffles, mussles, Framboise beer, football on screens and Beatles songs mixed with Doors & Queen.



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