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

Sketchcrawl in Norwood

I am late posting my sketches from last weekend's 39th SketchCrawl, in the quaint suburb of Norwood. We had a great turnout with some new participants. The Lamp Post, a lovely shop full of interesting old stuff was very welcoming, letting us 'crawl' all over it inside and out, and providing delicious soup and sandwiches at lunchtime on a chilly autumn day.
I drew the outside of the shop, before increasing traffic blocked my view, and some raindrops drove me under cover. Two women at their food stall were not at all keen on being sketched, and emphatically turned their backs. The newspaper man, however, was very happy to be my subject as he wove amongst the passing cars and trucks - I turned to the old doll's pram outside the shop in between glimpses of him.

You can see other sketches and photos from the day here on Facebook and here on the Sketchcrawl site.



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