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

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica: Disappointed fans and one happy sketcher

FIFA World Cup started a few days ago, and all boys of my family are talking and thinking only about the games. Every evening we have a gathering in our house, accompanied by happy or angry noises, depends on results of the game ;)
Last night I'd joined to my husband (who was born in Uruguay) and my son -  when they went to cheer up the Uruguay team in local pizzeria called Celeste (Blue, like the Uruguayan flag). 
It was so fun to watch from a side at this small, but united community! The match started by singing the national anthem together with the team players, and all the fans continued to be very enthusiastic and exited. The first half's result was 1:0 to Uruguay.
at the beginning of the match
during the break 
 But the wind has changed in the second half - Costa Rica made its first goal.
the second half had started
I was watching how the mood of the fans was changing, even if they continued to cheer up their team. Here is the final sketch I did at the end of the match - you can see their sad and disappointed faces. The final result was 1:3 to Costa Rica :(
the bitter end
It isn't so nice to admit, but I think I was the only happy person at the end of the game - I had a lot of fun sketching all this action!
See you at the next football match!

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