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

Urban Sketching workshop at Gustavo Gili's headquarters

Gustavo Gili is a publishing house specialized in books on architecture, art and design. In his catalog are you can find all the books of fellow sketcher Frank Ching edited for Spain and Latin America, alongside names like Bruno Munari, Ernst Neufert, Saul Bass, Otl Aicher, Aldo Rossi, Milton Glaser, Rem Koolhaas or Keith Haring. On December 14 they organised an urban sketching workshop given by Swasky and your sincerely. The place was obviously Gustavo Gili's headquarters, a very particular building designed by Joaquim Gili and Francesc Bassó which was FAD Architecture Prize in 1961. Inscription included catering and beer, so it was a really a great sketching day. I took it slowly and did just one drawing.

Editorial Gustavo Gili

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