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

Hawaii, a riot of color

Hawaii did strange things to my sketching. I'm usually one to seek out sights teeming with people: it's what I find most exciting to sketch. But being in Hawaii is like stepping right into the middle of a Henri Rousseau painting: A magical, complex, multi-layered world of make believe vegetation in the most astonishing colors. So I tried capturing just that in these pieces.

The street we stayed on in Hilo. Bright orange tulip tree flowers and electric wires fight for attention. My kids fade into the jungle of greens.
Hilotown Hale, Patricia's lue Home

The flower market in Kona. Even when I touched these flowers it was hard to believe they were real.
Sketching at the Flower Market, Kona


Homes on tall stilts remind you that this is Tsunami Country. Bougainvillea in a riot of colors distract you. I raced agains the rains to finish this piece as the clouds rolled in from the mountains.
Afternoon Rain, Kona

Banana plants and plumeria. What a sight to wake up to.

Banana Plant and Plumeria, Sugar Shack, Kona

And endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that practically swim up to you while you snorkel.

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona

The beach sketches? There were those too. But I loved the flora and fauna best. You can see a lot more sketches on my blog or view the complete set here on flickr.

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