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

Campi Flegrei in Naples

Tempio di VenereBusto, sala Rione Terra

Few weeks ago I held a workshop near Naples with my friend and wildlife artist from Rome, Federico Gemma (Urban Sketchers Italy) We spent two days with 20 sketchers in Campi Flegrei, a past destination for Grand Tours. Inside the Baia Castle we started drawing some fragments of ancient statues that are really inspiring. This one was found under some ruins, reused as part of a sanitation system. I tried to demonstrate how useful it is to start the day with thumbnails and fast sketches.

Castello di Baia

In the archaeological park we ended the first day drawing the so called Tempio di Diana (a thermal building, probably a calidarium) that has an unusual ogival dome inspired by the Orient.

tempio di Diana

I learned a lot from Federico Gemma demonstration of a watercolor and we had fun with participants, many of them at their first experience.

Scavi di Baia

Hopefully a group of sketchers will start gathering for sketchcrawls in our city too: here is our new facebook Urban Sketchers group of Naples. Other photos and drawings of the two days in this slideshow.
lago d'Averno

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