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

Under the ground

Under the ground #1
This drawings were made during a workshop I gave in Barcelona. The topic was urban transport and we went to draw in the underground, more specifically Espanya station. As I must pay attention to the  attendees and give instructions to each one of them I had few time to draw so I had to steal little pieces of a couple minutes. I put the color at home.

Under the ground #2
The page with frames had no project at the beginning, but in the middle I cought a glimpse od some kind of thread and imagined the texts. Afterwards, also at home, I made the lettering in correspondence.  It can be read big size on flickr but for those who don't understand spanish, here is an english version:
1 –Daddy, when does it come? –Soon, soon...
2 The lady of the stand of the stuff to feed the cavities do the sums.
3 Barcelona, 3rd meeting of the workshops "Barcelona Dibuixa" (Barcelona Draws), this time dedicated to transport. Our group has gone to Espanya station.
4 Went  for garbain hunting and bought a little clothing, a little shoewear and a little pan set.
5 The girl has amazing legs but she mistreats them with some atrocious ankle boots so I prefer to look how she digits with her long-almost-as-her-legs fingers.
6 I love you more than my back pack
7 Fondo, Santa Coloma, Baró de Viver... (the list of all the stations of this line).

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