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

Sketch gathering in YEBISU GARDEN PLACE

My sketch friend Asuka who lives in Australia came to Japan and we decided to meet and sketch together in Yebisu, Tokyo. Other sketch members from Tokyo team also joined us. Five of us went to ヱビスビール記念館(Museum of YEBISU BEER) there we learned about how and when beer introduced into Japan (They say that it was 124 years ago) and learned how to serve beer, the best way to drink. I confess I like beer but didn't know much about so called right way to drink. Such as, canned beer must be poured in the glass. The foam prevent the golden liquid from get oxidized so you should try keep the foam on your beer glass until you drink up whole.

Then we went to tasting salon. There we tried various kind of beer,as well as some small plates.

Later we needed some coffee to get recover from the effect of beer. After chatting in the coffee shop, we decided to go out and sketch the view of YEBISU GARDEN PLACE.

I drew a western style building. ( It is a French restaurant called La Table de Joël Robuchon)



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