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

KK in Bangkok

Architects '14 is a yearly expo on architecture, building and development industry as well as showcase, trade fair, discussion and seminars, all kind of architectural goodies rolled into one. It's organised by the Siamese Architects Association (ASA) around the same time each year (29 Apr to 4 May for this year) and covers a huge space at one of a major convention centre, Impact, Muangtong Thani in Bangkok.
For the second year now that ASA incorporates SKETCHING, as one of its drive to promote and encourage hand-drawn activity to both public and architectural fields. Bangkok Sketchers and I, as USk's Bangkok correspondant, took the pleasure in being part of the event and in making it happen.


This year of ASA Sketching event was very special in having the USk's Penang correstpondant, Ch'ng Kiah Kiean, to lead a very lively sketching activity for two afternoons featuring his signature wooden sticks drawing and demonstration, a short presentation on how he brought his drawing technique to USk and world attention and the high-light Sketch Battle, a sketching duel with a Thai architect/sketcher (not me though:-) on the 2.5x5 meter board. The Sketch Battle was so successful, inspiring and fun that it ended up as a free-for-all sketching wall for a big group of young children.

Thank you KK for being with us in Bangkok and we look forwards to having more such opportunity with other great sketchers in future.



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