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

Taylors and checker players

outside the taylor's shop
Doing a series of sketches in this neighbourhood called Medina 3. Its an area where you'll find taylor's, welders and carpenters. Very slowly old houses are being pulled down and new buildings going up so little by little all those small workshops will probably disapear.

checker player's
 The first things to go were the trees to make more space for chaotique driving. Just by Diallo's taylor shop one of the rare trees left gives shadow to the group of men that meet everyday to play chequers. The first ones arrive and sit on the floor in a mat and put down their set and in less than half an hour others will join them and up to five games will be going on with plenty of people taking sides and helping ech player.

Diallo and Mamadou
An older sketche from Diallo and Mamadou at work.

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