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

Trip to Brazil

Two weeks ago, I made a little trip to Brazil. I went there with some of my collegues of my new job at the university in order to organize a student exchange.

We went to Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, but we only had about 6 days in Brazil with a lot of appointements to complete! I knew that before, I was a little frightened that I wouldn't be able to sketch a lot, so I took my little Laloran sketchbook with me.

But, of course, I had to meet Eduardo Bajzek in Sao Paulo. We didn't sketch together, but he took me to some nice bars where we had some beers together. Thanks again Eduardo for that wonderful evening!

Here's some pages of sketches I made during the trip:

MASP

Laloran Page 1

Laloran Page 5

Laloran Page 3

Fundacao Ibere Camargo

by Florian Afflerbach

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