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 in and out of Jongno Tower, Jongno, Seoul

Jongno Tower building seen from the Seungdong Church, 
sketched on Jan. 24, 2012, 20 x 26 cm

south-east ward scene looking at Samil building(center)
sketched on Jan. 9, 2014, 20x 26 cm

north-east ward scene seen from 18th floor of Jongno Tower
sketched on Jan 14, 2014, pencil, 17.5 x 27.5 cm

east ward scene looking down YMCA building and gymnasium, 18th floor of Jongno Tower,
sketched on Jan. 14, 2014, pencil, 17.5 x 27.5 cm

I sketched the same spot again on 10th floor caught by the contrast of light and shadow.
pen and pencil, 17.5 x 27.5 cm

This was drawn looking west ward on 18th floor.
17.5 x 27.5 cm

Jongno street scene seen through the empty space of the building, on 33rd floor,
drawn on Jan 10, 2012, pen and watercolor, 20 x 26 cm

Jongno street scene around Youngpoong building seen from 33rd floor restaurant "Top Cloud",
drawn on March 8th, 2012, 26 x 37 cm
I drew this one standing near the window. It took long, maybe over 30 minutes to one hour. So the staffs in the restaurant asked me "When do you finish?" I replied "Soon".



Jongno Tower which I borrowed in the website
Restaurant "Top Cloud" locates at 33rd floor. The building locates in downtown of Jongno street. Due to the characteristic style lots of people know. Though the building was outstanding among low buildings years ago, but these days newly constructed buildings become to block the views. I sketched some in women's rest room for nice views. Posting this I felt I had to sketch exterior appearance more. 

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