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

Vacation in Canyon Country

I don't know why I didn't post these last summer, but I still feel like I should share them.  Last August my now-wife Linda and I drove from Denver, Colorado to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, stopping in Utah on the way.  I had a few chances to get some sketching in, including a watercolor!

On the way there, we stopped in Grand Junction for Nepalese food and I did this sketch, with our little Honda between the two bigger cars.
grand junction colorado

At Arches National Park near Moab, Utah we hiked to Delicate Arch.  Linda was happy to sit and rest while I did this sketch.
delicate arch

I did this sketch of the lobby of Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon.  We didn't stay here because it was booked solid--we just used the lobby for free wi-fi.
bright angel lodge lobby

In the morning we went to a Ranger talk on fossils that was very cool.  We walked through an area where marine fossils are literally falling out of the ground.  We then went for a little hike, and I proposed to Linda.  (She said yes.)  After that, I did this quick sketch while we sat on a bench watching for California Condors, which have been successfully reintroduced to the area.
view of grand canyon village from fossil beds

Later that afternoon, I sketched from Yavapai Point.
from yavapai point

The following morning, I got up very early and left our lodge to do a few more sketches near Yavapai Point and the Geology Museum before we left to go home.  I felt that if I left having only drawn the Grand Canyon in black and white it would be a travesty, so I pulled out my watercolors.  Fortunately I only needed two colors for this sketch, so I couldn't screw it up too badly.
yavapai point watercolor
Even remembered to document it while I was there:
grand canyon watercolor

One last sketch before we drove home.
near geology museum

by Paul Heaston



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