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

Urban Sketchers in Savannah

I'm just back from a weekend in Savannah Georgia at the first meeting of the executive board. We had a very productive weekend discussing our various projects. (The annual symposium, coming up in Paraty Brazil, our workshops program, and other educational projects).

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[Photos Jessie Chapman]

While we were down there, meeting at the Telfair Museum, we held a little sketch crawl. Was a great chance to meet some local sketchers and see small bit of Savannah.

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They have a series of public squares, each with it's own character.

All these sketches are Lamy fountain pen and washable ink, in a Stillman and Birn Epsilon, with watercolor accents.

The rest of the weekend was head down, reading docs, debating issues, and planning cool stuff for upcoming year.

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Of course, you have to eat right? So there were always time to get a few sketches over dinner.

[Jason Das, Gabi Campanario]

[Elizabeth Alley, Jessie Chapman]

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[A coffee-break-portrait-speed challenge with Mário Linhares]

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The last day people were splitting up to go home, so the stragglers went out for one more time around the historic district.

[A lightning sketch of the streetcar. Didn't even stop walking to do this one].

[Who says you can't get a good sketch from a parking garage? Best free view in the downtown!]

[The architects say this is a Mansard roof]

So, thanks to Kip Bradley at the Telfair for hosting us, and thanks Savannah for the great weather and your scenery.



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