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

"News from Warsaw" project








These are some samples from the 3 sketchbooks I used during my 15 days residency in Warsaw, by the end of May. Invited by the Camões Institute in Poland and the City of Warsaw to stay at the Warsaw Contemporary Art Centre, I was interested in exploring how one reacts to an unknown city, registering all my field observations and thoughts using nothing else but 14x14cm white paper sketchbooks, black ball-point pens and my senses. I opened a new label in my blog entitled "News from Warsaw", in which I will be sharing a selection of the best drawings made (until the end of July), during what ended up being an "exploratory residence", using a very suitable term found by José Carlos Dias (the representative of the Camões Institute in Poland and responsible for invitating me to go to Warsaw). Check it out! Hope you´ll enjoy it.

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