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


One of the reasons why I travel much is that my family is spread around the world. My mother lives in Canada and my brother in Denmark. This year we decided to meet in Mallorca, where my brother usually spend holidays.

The construction of the new Berlin airport has been quite an embarrassing story for the city administration. It should have been finished 2 years ago and until now nobody has an idea when it is going to be ready. The small Berlin Schönefeld Airport and the Tegel Airport are just too small for all the current air-traffic that was programmed for the new one.

Palma is a beautiful city and the cathedral is one of the most amazing views you can expect to draw. How you draw such an intimidating scene? I started with a pen drawing the skyline and then painted the shadows and the rest with watercolor. Too many lines could ruin my drawing and I prefer to left the pen lines just on the building that is the visual center of my drawing

The queen was coming to a concert at the cathedral and the area was full with policemen.

In the Plaza Mayor a group of capoeira dancers were performing in front of the many tourists. Since I my last travel to Brazil many years ago I paint capoeira dancers always in monochromatic washes. I am so looking forward to the next Paraty Symposium to be able to paint more.



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