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

My trip to the UAE

Going on a package tour means you travel with a group of people according to the schedule. Often you can see and visit many places without worrying extra expense... But you have less free time.
Still I made the most of opportunity to have sketching.

Day 1,
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi ( five minutes sketch done while we were given 8 minutes to take photo of it)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Day 2,
A shop assistant in the Dubai Mall, Dubai. He offered me some sample tasting of tea. He said that he is from the Philippines.

a shop assistant

Inside the Dubai Mall. To see those Emirati people in this huge mall in their folk clothes mede me feel as if I see prince or princess ( characters) in a palace (of dream world)

in the Dubai Mall

After desert safari, I saw belly dance show.

Desert safari, dinner and belly dance

belly dance

And a spinning dancer.

Dancing man

Day 3,
I drew a shop assistant in the spice souk after I tried one clothing and bought it during 20 minutes of given free time there.

Mr. Ali

On our way back to our hotel, I did this tour guide sketch in the bus.
Mr. Shalaby

Burj Khalifa, the world tallest skyscraper. I drew this before sun set near the station called Business Bay. I guess it must be a business district.
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Day 4,
This day, we had free time until 16:00.
I went to the Mall of Emirates early in the morning. This is another huge mall. It was so lovely to walk around, to see workers preparing to open their shops and of course to shop there.
in the Mall of Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel seen on the premisses of Burj Al Arab.
I did this after I had buffet lunch in a restaurant in Burj Al Arab.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeira Beach Hotel

Burj Al Arab( so called seven-star hotel) I had a once in a life time lunch.
Although I had Arabian food every day, I didn't make any food sketch. I so indulged in just eating this time.
Burj Al Arab

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