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

USk News: Workshop in Naples

March 28, 2013


For the second year in a row, Italian architect and urban sketcher Simo Capecchi is hosting an Urban Sketchers Workshop in her city of Naples. The dates are coming up soon: May 30 - June 2. (Watch a slideshow of last year's edition.)

The three and a half day workshop will offer a deep immersion in Naples to all the sketchers who have always dreamed of visiting the South of Italy. Participants will have a rare opportunity to sketch inside private homes and gardens that normally aren't open to the public. In addition to Simo, three other artists will take turns leading field sketching sessions: Laura Scarpa, a comic artist who has always kept a graphic diary; Caroline Peyron, an art teacher and artist; and Lapin, a French illustrator and indefatigable urban sketcher.

For details about the workshop and registration information, please visit


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