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

Beach season

It´s really hot in Seville this week, so yesterday we started the family beach season.
We went to Punta Umbria in Huelva coast.
One hour and a half driving from Sevilla.
The access to this beach is via a path that crosses a natural landscape, with a small forest of juniper, very strange in this area.

I sketched a little the forest, but I could´n wait to go to the beach, so I did this quickly.


Enebral de Punta Umbría (Huelva)

I drew in my beach-sketchbook, which I left stopped last summer.

Playa de la Bota. Punta Umbría. Huelva.

It was really funny that I found the same type of characters around me. As you can see: colossal volumes and strong and healthy bodies.

Playa de la Bota. Punta Umbría. Huelva.

My mother was also fulminant portrayed while she was sunbathing after bathing. 
She was not very happy with the first portrait I made her merciless. She prefers the one on the right.

What do you think?

Mi madre en la playa
Playa de la Bota. Punta Umbría. Huelva.


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