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

Sketching Fanciful Creations

Pop culture and entertainment is a huge industry here in Los Angeles. I spent a day immersed in fanciful creations.

First stop was at Downtown Disney for 43rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl. This colorful Lego store with an amazing dragon made of Legos caught my eye. This sketch was drawn on location and colored later at home.
Shiho Nakaza sketchcrawl watercolor "Los Angeles" sketching

Next stop was at Anaheim Convention Center nearby, where WonderCon was taking place. This convention that celebrates popular arts attracts a lot of people in costumes. The costumes the people wear get more innovative each year (and obscure, as my pop culture knowledge fades away). This is a compilation of many little sketches I did over a few pages. People who were dressed up were enjoying themselves: resting, eating, chatting and some of them started jump-roping. One of the reasons I enjoy sketching is being able to observe and record people doing activities in everyday life, in whatever costumes they choose to wear - we are all actors in this stage called life!

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" WonderCon Anaheim costume sketching watercolor pen



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