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

sketches around Hyhill Outlet at Gasan Digital Complex, Seoul

Last Saturday, I visited Hyhill Outlet at Gasan Digital Complex with Seoul urban sketchers for February sketch meeting. Gasan Digital Complex Fashion Outlets including Hyhill Outlet can be accessed from Gasan Digital Complex Station, and all the numbers of outlets are within walking distance. There are lots of buildings including industrial facilities and some outlets of various styles around the station. Hyhill Outlet is a premium outlet and a one-stop shopping complex for families. Famous brands are sold at discounted prices year round, so visitors can purchase quality goods at the lowest prices. In addition to fashion stores, the outlet mall features various convenience, cineplex and dining facilities for enhanced shopping experience. Lots of colorful buildings and bustling mall gave us unlimited subjects of sketches. 
I sketched in and outside the attractive Hyhill Outlet building excitingly all day long.

Hyhill Outlet building, pen and watercolor

other buildings across from the Hyhill Outlet, pen and watercolor

scenery inside the mall on the 2nd floor, pen and watercolor

scenery inside the mall viewed from the 8th floor lounge, pen and watercolor 

customers on the escalator, pen and watercolor

mannequins at a clothing store, pen and watercolor

buildings near Gasan Digital Complex Station, pen and watercolor

background scenery viewed from roof garden on the 7th floor, pen
( 21 x29.6cm sketchbook )



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