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

Scenery with water and flower at suburban cities, Paju and Gapyeong

kids playing in water at Gyeonggi province, Gapyeong, Sinsang-ri, 
pencil, watercolor, 45.5 x 31 cm

There are tents along the stream with fine scenery.

beautiful flower and drying mushroom in baskets at the restaurant in Paju, Majang-ri, (Gyeonggi province)

I drew the awning between the restaurant and the neighbor's house.
pencil, watercolor, 38.5 x 26 cm

These days I join the Korean Outdoor Watercolor Artists' Group's outtings which I've been painting near to 20 years. After concentrating in urban sketching I was not passionate as before. But the rural scenery heals tired body and spirit always. Participating in outdoor painting I found that the overall shapes including newly built houses, restaurant, churches changed in modern style. Though the stream or mountains are same the surrounding scene looked newer anyhow. I try to capture the changed features of the countryside if possible. Talks with the people while drawing helps me to understand how they think and live in local cities. Owner or workers of the houses or restaurants like to see their houses drawn by artists. 

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