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

CER: a sketched reportage along an artificial canal

by Simo Capecchi in Emilia Romagna region, Italy

Azienda Agricola Marsili

I have been drawing along an artificial canal in my region (Emilia Romagna) since a few years as a job for CER, a complicate system of dewatering pumps that carries water from the river Po for a hundred kilometers along the countryside, mainly for irrigation purpose.
Cavo Napoleonico a Sant'Agostino
My drawings have been just collected in a book that will be distribute for free and two days of sketching with me will be offered next weekend near two of the main plants. Nice that some smart engineers involved an urban sketcher to describe technical matters to citizens in a more understandable way. You can see drawings here, a map here and flip through the book below:

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