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

The Charles W. Morgan sails again! And I'll be on it!

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I'm happy to announce that I will be joining the captain and crew of the 19th-century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, as a 38th Voyager during the ship’s historic voyage this summer, on the Provincetown to Boston leg of the journey. While aboard the Morgan, I will create a reportage essay of the voyage, in words and pictures, to add to my reportage of the restoration of the ship, and will be posting some of the drawings here on USK. (I am also working on drawings and prints regarding whale conservation, that will be exhibited in 2015 at Mystic Seaport with the Dalvero Academy.)

I'm so excited about all of this, it's been a busy summer already! The drawings here are of the Morgan's trip from her home in Mystic Seaport to the port of New London, where she underwent sea trials. Will post more drawings soon - as soon as I can scan them!!


all drawings © Veronica Lawlor, 2014

About the 38th Voyage of the Morgan: During the voyage, nearly 80 people, dubbed 38th Voyagers, will participate in an unprecedented public-history event. During one leg of the voyage, each 38th Voyager will take part in their own unique project using the Morgan as a focal point for their discoveries. The 38th Voyagers come from across the world and a wide variety of backgrounds including artists, historians, scientists, journalists, teachers, musicians, scholars, and descendants of whaling crews. Once back on shore, each 38th Voyager will submit a personal work that embodies their experience. These works may be incorporated into a coming exhibit at Mystic Seaport. To follow the voyage in full, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage

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