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

Sketching in Penang

I hope it is not too late to say Happy New Year to everyone! ... hope that 2014 is a great year all round for everyone. I spent my ' Christmas' in Penang and my 'New Year' in Singapore and am back home with lots of scanning and posting to do. (I didn't actually celebrate either in a traditional sense)
 I am still working through all my Penang sketches but here are a few that are already up on my blog.
Go over to my blog here to read day by day accounts. I am trying to post a day a day at the moment.

I had a really special time this trip as I was able to carve out some solo sketching time in the beginning of the trip - 4 days to roam the streets of Georgetown, the historic part of Penang and sketch at will. I really wanted to have some quality time with my ink lines and my watercolour paints this time - pushing myself and trying new times. I had an absolute ball!

So much to draw in Penang -  I love the grand colonial buildings, the elaborate shop houses, the historic clan jetties, the texture, the colour... it goes on. Here are a few highlights!

Another thing that was really special was the friendliness of the people - both the locals and other tourists. I have never had more interaction while sketching - made friends every day! So much fun!

I never feel alone when I am out on the street urban sketching!

It also was really great to catch up with Ch'ng Kiah Kiean on a few occassions and sketch with the wonderful Penang Urban Sketchers group. It is rather special after admiring KK's work for years, to be able to see the places he has captured on the page, but also I have a new appreciation of the Penang-ness of his work! More later....



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