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

Taking my Sketchbook (and Foot) to Breakfast

It's nearly 5 weeks since my op and my foot has been getting steadily better. It's taken quite a bit longer than last time though. I've been able to wear walking sandals for nearly 3 weeks now, but I've only been flirting with more mainstream footwear if I need to look a bit more glam and I know I'm not going to be actually walking much.

But this last week I've been noticeable better. Which is handy, since it's been so bloomin' wet that walking sandals just don't hack it. 

Last night I donned my kitten-heel boots for a walk to the local pub and back (a suitable incentive). Then today we woke up to glorious sunshine, so John and I tested things further by doing the 20 minute walk to the coffee shop and back, for a decadent breakfast of coffee and croissants. All very nice.

It's quite a drag back uphill and I was pleased to get back into my boring old sandals by the time we got home, but I seem to have suffered no ill effects, so I think we're more or less there. Thank goodness.

This morning's sketches were done with my lovely Sailor pen by the way. I managed to lose the one I had last weekend (disaster!), so bought another one straight away. 

It's meant for Japanese calligraphy and has a weird, turned-up nib end, as you can see, but that means it glides easily across the paper, allowing you to draw in any direction. You can get a real range of line widths too, depending on the angle you hold the pen. 

I regularly get asked about where I got it, so here's a link if anyone is interested.



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