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

USk Executive Board Meeting and Sketchcrawl in Savannah, Georgia, USA

Feb. 17, 2014

[Sketch: Hwy 80 again from Thunderbolt, Kip Bradley

This month the Urban Sketchers Executive Board will have the opportunity to work together at our first in-person meeting. We will be in Savannah Georgia, where the Telfair Museum and the Hampton Suites Savannah have been kind enough to offer us meeting space.

Our weekend will be packed with work as we discuss elements of the organization, including our focus on education and fundraising, as well as planning for the future.

Of course there will also be sketching!

The Telfair Museum is hosting a sketchcrawl for us, and for any interested folks in the Savannah area.

If you are nearby, please join us Saturday Feb 22 at Telfair Square at 4:00 pm. We'll go through Wright Square around 4:45 pm, and finish up at Oglethorpe Square at 5:30 pm.

We are excited to see and sketch Savannah, and to have dedicated time to work together on the business of running USk.



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