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

Chinese Opera

Chinese opera does not exist only in China, the same way we can find Chinatown in most many cities around the world, where there's Chinese, that is. Thailand is no exception, and we have not just only one chinatown in the capital but in several big cities across the country, in fact.
As I am a Chinese descendant, I watched Chinese opera since a school boy. Though it's always some kind of an attraction but I can hardly say that I know much about it at all, even today:-) Chinese opera is not very common in Bangkok despite the large number of Chinese community in this Thai capital. But again, neither is traditional Thai opera, (;postID=7461036183959717119;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname) which is a shame indeed.
Sometime last year, I attended a friend's family funeral and chanced upon a Chinese opera at a location nearby. A small group of us, sketchers of course, went wild and spent a good many hours enjoying both the sight, sound and SKETCHING of the Chinese opera.
I made some google search on comparison of western and chinese opera and thought the subject was indeed very interesting. I shall love to look out for the next chance of watching more Chinese operas in Bangkok soon:-)



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