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

Back on Sunset...

About 2 years ago I set myself a challenge, to draw my way down Sunset Boulevard...it's been awhile but I'm back at it. Sunset isn't the longest street in sprawling Los Angeles (must be one of them though--about 22 miles), but is probably the most famous. I've always loved it because it's a great way to show visitors some of the breadth of Los Angeles...not just the distances but the very diverse neighborhoods. I've read that it was originally a cattle trail from the Pueblo de Los Angeles to the ocean--don't know if that's true, but I love the thought of herds making their way down the Boulevard! I've back-tracked a bit, returning to the old neighborhoods to see what had changed, and got as far as Hollywood...and like the cattle, will eventually make it to the ocean!

 Echo Park and a bit of the neighborhood...





 Some views of the Silver Lake neighborhood along Sunset...





And a view of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. A bit of California history remains with the presence of the El Camino Real bell marker (these markers can be seen up and down the length of California marking the old "royal road")...

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