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

Emerging from my den

I feel a bit like a bear coming out of hibernation. Painting in my car all winter has left my drawing skills rigid and lifeless. Probably because of the cramped conditions in my car studio. No place to move my arm. So today I shook things up a bit while sketching Saint Basil the Great Church in Lachine. I leaned against my car instead of sitting in it. Used a Lamy pen instead of a pencil and did line first instead of wash. For me the drawing line is more expressive when I am standing. Perhaps not as precise but maybe more energetic. Plus if you are sitting in the car you miss the comments of people walking by, like the man who told me “ça irait bien mieux avec un camera!” (translation: it would be a lot better with a camera!”)





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