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

Alleppey (Alapuzha) and the Backwaters

Alleppey or Alapuzha (many Indian cities have two names) is a city south from Fort Kochi in the coast of Kerala. The city is crossed by many water channels that go deep into the hinterlands. This channel network is called the backwaters.
Alleppey
A street from Alleppey close to my hostel. All the time sellers ride their bikes with their goods. On a side street some workers are taking down material from a truck. Watercolor on a Beta Stillman&Birn sketchbook.

Men in the Beach
 Many men go to the beach at the sunset. The weather is more pleasant then to take a bath or have a walk. These guys wear a mundu, a piece of cloth wrapped on the waist. It looks very comfortable and appropriate to the hot weather.In the Ferry to Kotayam
Women on the ferry to Kotayam.

If you want to see more drawings from the Alleppey and Kerala visit my blog omar-paint.blogspot.com

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