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

Sunsets of the Old Year and Sunrise in the New Year

I'm a little late in posting my sketches while I fight off a lingering cold. I've been meaning to post some sunset sketches in Santa Monica last week to mark the end of the year - better now than never, right? ;-) I never tire of watching and painting the sunset over the ocean - here they are, ordered from beginning of the year toward the end:

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" California sunset watercolor sketching sketch beach

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" California sunset watercolor sketching sketch beach

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" California sunset watercolor sketching sketch beach

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" California sunset watercolor sketching sketch beach

I also sketched the sun setting on the beach on the last day of 2013, and sketched the beach again as the sun was rising on the first day of 2014. Click on the sketch to see the beach, from night to morning, from old year to the new - hope your new year is off to a great start!

Shiho Nakaza watercolor sketch "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" sunset sunrise beach

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