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

SF sketch video

I don't wear a sign around my neck that says, "Urban Sketcher," but it seems wherever I go, I'm bound to meet another. I took the BART into San Francisco, and the very minute I sat down to begin sketching, a fellow Urban Sketcher, (Ralph Thompson- nice guy) walks up to me and begins talking about symposiums he has attended and is planning to attend! Amazing. Anyway, I think this is about my 16th sketch video now, and it records my commute from the East Bay into San Francisco on Good Friday. It shows two different sketches I was working on; the first one is down at Fisherman's Wharf, and the second one is up on the corner of Hyde and Greenwich. The music score is by my very good friend, Danny Plett, and is called "1000 Days." It's only 2 1/2 minutes, and is mainly just sketching, with a few frames of context. Once again, it shows that I rough everything out in quick pencil before sketching with a pen. No watercolor this time, although I plan to do that later. Here's the finished sketch: [finished]



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