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

Mediterranean Holiday next days

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Despite the very tough schedule we succeded to walk around a bit. For instance we spent a day in Old Jaffo so I was able to sketch some Jaffo streets I was never done before and actually dreaming of it. Now it's finally happend.

Those ancient yellow stone walls that looks like loafs of white bread becouse of constant salt wind influence from the Mediterranean Sea always inspired me. As well as plenty of magical mistery looking artisan goods you can get on a way.

And I was glad I was able to catch a glimps of local food we enjoied before. The good thing that all our all time favorite places still on, alive and kicking. We wasn't able to make a tour at the new ones - mission impossible even for two weeks there. And there are real good!

I was also very much satysfied of my complimentary Stillman and Birn Skethcbook. It's large format and thick ivory paper was just fine for that sort of travel and especially for the kind of sketching-meet scrapbooking I usually do. Thank you guys!



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