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

San Diego - USS Midway Museum

I was able to visit San Diego for a 3D computer technology conference in January. It was an intense and fascinating 3 day conference but I was also able to find some free time here and there between seminars to visit the USS Midway museum that was in walking distance from the convention center.

In front of the museum was a very large sculpture of the very famous "Kiss":

This was the 1st plane that caught my attention on board the USS Midway aircraft carrier.

While I was sketching this plane, I could sense someone was watching me the entire time that I was sketching. Speaking to the man dressed in colorful aviation clothing, it turned out he was an ex-pilot that used to fly this exact plane! We chatted, had a wonderful conversation and also had the opportunity to draw him too.

I moved onto sketching some other fascinating planes on deck. I only had limited time so I sketched really fast and I personally enjoy that sketches I do when I have limited time - I seem to have better concentration.

During the trip I also did my 'mandatory' hotel room sketch too.
Looks quite straight forward but since the room was not exactly rectangle, this one took a long time to do. It might have been me but the room always felt cold - but it was a nice room to stay in though.



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