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

42nd World Wide SketchCrawl Day at Manchester University Museum


Unlike the lucky folks living in warm, sunny climes, SketchCrawl North decided it would be prudent to spend World Wide SketchCrawl Day indoors. We've done Sheffield's museums to death, so we took the train to Manchester, to the natural history museum. 



The museum is a real treasure and much bigger than I expected. It's stuffed full with all sorts. As you can see, I really got into the skeletons. 

One room was dominated by a massive T-Rex (the favourite of all the children visitors)


One of my favourites was the elephant skeleton. I had no idea that inside their big, stubby feet, they have the bones for long toes:


As well as skeletons and stuffed creatures, there was a vivarium, with live snakes, frogs and lizards. I chose the chameleon because he was sitting nice and still. Only his eye swivelled round, keeping tabs on passing faces through the glass.


At the end of the afternoon, we met up with the Manchester group, sharing our sketchbooks and getting to know one another. Fantastic. 

I stayed later than the rest of the Sheffield team and, travelling home alone, watched the man opposite me get out a sketchbook. We got talking and by coincidence he turned out also to be a professional illustrator. The train was horribly delayed, so it was great to spend the journey chatting and checking out each other's art equipment (that sounds really nerdy actually...). 

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