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

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3rd and University, Davis
Davis, CA: That is not an aeroplane, that is the sound of Spring happening right now, all around us. My TV tells us that much of the rest of the country is living in pre-Lucy Narnia, but in drought-threatened California we are giddy with the joys of Spring. Blossom all over the trees, birds chirruping, sunshine shining, stores full of Cadbury's Creme Eggs. It has come early for us this year, which no doubt means the dreaded allergies will very soon hit me and force me back into my annual retreat from outside lunchtime sketching. After my panorama-filled January I am already doing less than usual, but I have started a new sketchbook (one of those nice panoramic Stillman and Birn 'Alpha' books) and so I sketched the corner of 3rd and University, taking a couple of lunchtimes to do it. The last time I sketched this spot (see below's sketch from October 2011) there was just one pair of shoes hanging from the telegraph line. Now there are plenty more. What a waste of shoes! 
3rd and University

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