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

Cova do Vapor

COVA DO VAPOR (Steamer’s Grave) is a small neighborhood near Lisboa.
Across the river, it stands exactly on the corner between Tejo River and the sea.
All the houses are self built, right on the sand, very close to the sea.
The place is beautiful.
EXYZT is an international group http://www.exyzt.org/ that got interested in Cova do Vapor and began a wonderful on site project, promoting the place, local people, local interests and local knowledge. You can read about it here:
The operation was named CASA DO VAPOR (Steamer’s House) and USkPortugal joined as an outsider, documenting the place, the people and the building of the house itself.
Every week a sketcher has been on site, drawing and talking to the neighbors. The sketches have been published every Tuesday, and all the neighbours are very curious about them.
There was a workshop about sketchbooks and we hope that, after the end of June, the new local sketchers (already at work) will continue publishing about the place and the several events programmed until October.
Finnaly, last sunday, we had a USkPortugal sketch meeting there. Of course we had sardines grilled on site and made lots of new sketches.
I know it is a too long post but we have so much to say about CASA DO VAPOR…

Please visit the sketches here.
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