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

Soccer in Whitetrash

Whitetrash is one of this Berlin places that are quite an institution. Although the restaurant recently changed location, it has managed to keep his personality. Close to the river Spree, built with recycled materials in a place that used to be an industrial area.
The gate of the garden, flanked by two chinese dragons statues, is made with an old bus like those from nuclear post apocalyptic movies, 
First Carl picked up a few beers. I met him a few weeks ago in an Art market. He is from Santa Fe, USA. make very interesting art pieces. We were watching the game Germany-USA.
Berlin is a nice spot to meet interesting people around the world. At the end of the game and a few more beers we practically knew everybody around us.

For the people that think that drink and draw is something to follow, I have to mention that next day I had a huge headache! (That was one beer to much!)



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