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

Italy by bus and train

Just got back from a short trip to Italy, visiting Rome, Perugia, Assisi and Siena. All our travelling was done by bus or train. I like to draw while moving. You just have amoment to catch a glimpse and record something with very simple strokes. Luckily, I can use an implemet in each hand, for example different colours, ot line and brush. Here's some of the journey drawings (you can see how they relate to my UK journey drawings on my website www.idrisjackson.co.uk)
Umbria

The hill towns and vineyards of Umbria and Tuscany, punctuated by tall thin Italian Cypress trees, make this a very distinctive landscape.

 Sometimes I use a couple of brushpens wiuth different inks in them.
Tuscany
Sometimes it has to be the simplest of marks.
Tuscany

Umbria

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