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

JooHee Yoon in Italy

By Fred Lynch

Allow me to share with you the terrific urban sketches from a pretty amazing ex-student of mine, from Rhode Island School of Design - JooHee Yoon.
She's one of the most innovative students that I've worked with, and has gone on to an award winning career as an illustrator for The New York Times, LeMonde, The New Yorker Magazine and more. In her usual work, she dreams up and designs fascinating images for communication assignments, but on recent trip to a small town in the Marche region of Italy, thanks to a grant from the Bologna Book Fair, she hit the streets with her sketchbook to draw from life. She stood for an hour and a half at each location. The results are eye opening. JooHee has a way of both capturing the truth of a scene and translating into a language of her own: a wonderful blend of style and substance which helps us to see the familiar in an unfamiliar way.



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