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

NYC Dinner

Spent a nice Tuesday afternoon walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with Neil and Danielle, and having dinner at a little hole in the wall restaurant at the South Street Seaport. Not many of them open, still, many months after Hurricane Sandy the place is half-closed. But I enjoyed the slightly seedy feel of this one - it isn't all jazzed up like so many restaurants downtown are now. After we ordered, Neil and Danielle worked on math homework while I made a few drawings. Tried to get that 'old school' New York bar feeling in the one all the crummy old tchotchkes hanging from the ceiling, and the crooked lampshade on the 6 watt bulb.
Then I wanted to concentrate on some of the patrons. Caught this guy right in the middle of making his move on this woman...better known as "the reach."
Then I saw these two middle aged women "settling the world" over a few glasses of chianti.
Would have done more drawings, but suddenly my cajun tilapia arrived! I love Spring Break!
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