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.

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Sketching with Gary and Anandamayi

Gary Amaro, a correspondent Berkery, California visited Japan with his girlfriend Anandamayi. We met in Tokyo and my sketch friends TETSU and Junichi later joined us and we had sketch session.

We met up in Ginza. ( I guess some of you who have visited Tokyo and had met me in Ginza must be giggling . Yes, again, I asked them to come and meet in front of Wako building. It is one of the landmarks there and I thought no one would miss finding it. So I won't miss them) One street became pedestrian-only zone as is always the case on weekends in the afternoon, we started to draw each other in the middle of the street.

As I saw his sketchbooks, those delicately drawn pencil works directly, I so much liked to mimic his way.

From left, Gary's, Anandamayi's and my sketch

Left, Gary's and light, mine

Sketching Gary

Sketching Anandamayi

After lunch, we walked toward Tokyo Station, there TETSU and Junichi got together with us, then we went to 8th floor of a building where we were able to see whole view of Tokyo station.

This time, Gary sketched using watercolor. He says he usually brings watercolor set with him but rarely uses it. Since he saw my watercolor sketches, he felt like try it. And I think this is fun part of meeting sketchers.
We are so much influenced each other just by having quick glance of each works.

Gary was sketching using watercolor. I noticed that he has more opaque pastel tone colors in his palette.

Anandamayi was drawing me

Junichi was sketching the other way, there you can see the Imperial Palace.

TETSU was using pen

Our result of the day.
Since Gary stood side by side with TETSU and seen his pen work, some details were added with pen on his watercolor drawing. Sketch style is contagious when we are so near.

Tokyo Station

Sketch gathering at Shin Maru bulg.

It is always short period of time and we barely communicate or talk while sketching, but we learn a lot through the session. I treasure this kind experience.

Before they fly back to the US, I had chance to see them again. Anandamayi has her exhibition in Tokyo until June 30th. I visited the opening day, and I was able to see her unique art works as well as her in beautiful paper dress that she made! More over it was great to see more Gary's latest sketches done in Japan.

Well, I hope they can go back home safely with full of good memories and can post their story and sketches in this blog.



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