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

King Willem Alexander

King Willem AlexanderYesterday the Netherlands celebrated a special occasion: our Queen Beatrix resigned and left the throne for her successor: King Willem Alexander, together with his wife Queen Maxima (she is originally from Argentina).

Willem Alexander is the first male King in the Netherlands since over 120 years. So were are a real Kingdom now.

Koninginnedag 2013
The official ceremonies took place in Amsterdam, and could be followed on big outdoor screens that were placed all over the country.

Normally we celebrate Queensday on April 30th quite elaborately with music, freemarkets and other festivities, but you can imagine this time was even more special.
We went to Eindhoven, where the activities are dedicated to youthculture. All over the citycentre you can find stages with renowned live deejays playing heavy hiphop, house, dance and other electronic music. I counted at least 10 stages, there must be a dozen more.

I made a drawing of these two (not so young) Dutchmen, relaxing in the sun on a low wall, enjoying a beer and following the ceremonies on the big overhead screens. Trying to ignore the heavy beats and low basses of the pounding music. 

Also a sketch of the freemarket near the stadium.
I drew it over a wrapper of a popular Dutch sweet called "King pepermunt". They changed the name into "Alex" (King Willem Alexanders calling name) for the occasion.

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