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.

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Drawing birds from Life at “24 Hrs of Science”

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[Tyto alba - Common Barn Owl : washable ink and watercolor, 10x14"]

Yesterday many Montreal Urban Sketchers were out at Parc La Fontaine for their annual "24 Hours of Science" event, organized in partnership with  "Science pour Tous!". There were numerous interactive demonstrations spread around the park, mostly geared for kids.

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In our area, we were doing drawings of live birds brought down by the Granby Zoo. They had a fellow giving an extended talk about his birds and the other material he had on hand (taxidermy, some anatomical mounts of wings, raptor claws, skulls, etc).  Kids of course were fascinated by the idea of him holding the birds on the gloved hand, and the chance to poke the stuffed ones, getting up close to their claws and glaring yellow eyes.

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[Bubo virginianus - Great Horned Owl : washable ink and watercolor, 10x14"]

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[Falco sparverius - American Kestrel: washable ink and watercolor, 10x14"]

You can see more pictures of the event over on the USK:MTL blog.

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