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

First sketches of 2014

Bus station at Slussen, Stockholm

With insulated pants on, and an updated warm seat (see photo below), I went out for my first sketching session of 2014 today. It was getting dark quickly, so I went for rather quick value drawings in ink and pencil. Came home with the side of my right (drawing) hand all messy with pencil dust. I still haven´t figured out how to use a pencil in my sketchbook without getting dirty.

Last thing I heard was that Kolingsborg, the oval building in the sketch below - a bit of a landmark in Stockholm - is going to be demolished this January, to begin the huge building project of a new Slussen. Don´t know how true this is, since a lot of building projects in Stockholm tend to get delayed by byreaucracy and politics, but I thought I´d better try to draw this place as much as I can before the mayhem begins.

Kolingsborg, Slussen, Stockholm

Lots of wool in my sketching setup right now...

Winter sketching gear at Slussen, Stockholm



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