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

Sketching weekend in Phlegraean Fields

panorama dal Monte Nuovo

A detail of the amazing panorama that can be seen from above Monte Nuovo in Naples, a "new" volcano, born after an hearthquake and eruption in 1538.

lago d'Averno

Tempio di Apollo ruins on Lago d'Averno, believed to be the entrance to the underworld, as in Aeneid of Virgil.

I was there last sunday in a warm early spring day, and once again was surprised to find myself in such a beautiful landscape at only 30 minute metro ride from our cahotic city. Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields) near Napoli is an interesting volcanic area and natural park, one of the favorite destination of past centuries Grand Tour, painted by many artists like Thomas Jones, Hackert, Pitloo or Turner.

I'll be there again next April 6/7 for a contemporary Grand Tour, a weekend of sketching workshop with my friend and wildlife artist Federico Gemma (Urban Sketcher Italy). A nice occasion to be introduced to this fascinating place, email me if you'd like to join us.

More drawings here.



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