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

Urban Sketchers Yorkshire Hit Buxton - Part 2

After lunch, the rain slowed down and eventually stopped. I got to draw outside at last - hurrah! There is an extraordinarily wide dome in the centre of Buxton, part of the university. It's kind of low-slung though, so hard to get a view of. I had to wedge myself up against the grit bin in the corner of the car park, balancing on a box, to get this vantage point:

We had a great sharing session in the upstairs room of the Old Clubhouse pub.

I so love the fun of rooting through everyone's sketchbooks. I'm really proud too of how generous and friendly our group is with advice for one another. People share sketching tips and try out each other's art equipment and generally have a good old natter.

My final sketch of the day, finally in sunshine, was done sitting on the wall outside the pub, waiting for my lift, after everyone else had gone. I didn't quite get it finished in time, but near enough:



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