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

Viviendas sin vida

Every city has a beautiful side that politicians like to show in advertising campaigns promoting their management of urban policies. But there is usually a darker side that is not seen in tourists information offices, a painfully dying side that is bound to disappear soon, only inhabited by cats now that their dwellers have moved to a different place. And yet it shows a disturbing beauty... Málaga is no exception to this.

 Málaga, viviendas sin vida

Málaga, viviendas sin vida

This decaying urban parts, incredibly located in the core of the city, are forgotten by nearly everyone, but not all. An exhibition called "Viviendas sin vida" (dwelling without life) is presently held, trying to put a spotlight on them and keep a record before it is too late. Among other collectives, like photographers or video artists, our local Urban Sketchers Málaga team was invited to take part in the event, so we planned a route that took place last december. I drew an accordion sketchbook on that occasion, you can scroll through its pages above. You can also see the results of other participants here.

Do not miss this video on youtube shooted by the organizers of the exhibition. There you can find some photos from our sketching tour and from the vernissage; the music belongs to the ancient folklore from Málaga and was played live at the show.

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