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

Teaching and learning

February 23, a day of dark memories, a good day for drawing. Barcelona Dibuixa workshops go today to the museums and my group goes to the MNAC.

Teaching and learning #1
During the first hour we take a stroll by the Modern Art Collection. Students scatter along the halls and trying to see what they are drawing I just have the time for making this little scene.

Teaching and learning #2
Afterwards, we go for drawing the Palacio Nacional de Montjuïc, the building that holds the Museum. I make a sketch of one of the corners, I'm standing forcing my neck looking up but my hand today works by itself. As I'm drawing I think how I'll put the color. As I know I will not have time enough, I take a photo to fix the awesome play of light and shadow. Even if it's not finished and it will be later at home when I'll do it, I know somehow that the drawing has gone right.
I have the feeling that today is one of these days that, even if they don't know, my students have taught me much more than I have taught them.



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