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

some sketches in celebration of Buddha's Birthday

panoramic view of Heungguksa Temple, pen and watercolor, 29.6 x 15cm

 temple office at the entrance of the temple precincts, pen and watercolor, 29.6 X 21cm 

temple office at the entrance of Geumsunsa Temple, pen and watercolor, 29.6 X 21cm

a natural scenery of Geumsunsa Temple, pen and watercolor, 29.6 X 21cm 

a stone bridge over the stream in the Geumsunsa Temple, pen and watercolor, 29.6 X 21cm

 the Buddhists joined together in worship, pen and watercolor, 29.6 X 21cm

a colorful scenery of Okcheonam Temple, pencil and watercolor, 25 x 18.4cm
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This year May 6 is  Buddha's Birthday. The Buddhists are gathered on the temples to celebrate the annual high day. And lots of colorful Lotus Lanterns are beautifully embroidered on the precincts and the street around the temple. During the last holidays, I sketched several colorful sceneries at my favorite temples nearby the Mt. Bukhansan National Park.

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