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

USk Yorkshire in Castlefield, Manchester

Writing up this month's outing in Buxton made me realise I forgot to post my sketches from USk Yorkshire's June meeting in Manchester. It rained (you're seeing a pattern now, I guess..?). I had to shelter under a grotty old railway arch to get this painting, but it was worth it. I just loved all that iron, brick and rust:

I was part of a splinter-group of 3 hardened sketchers braving the weather, but even we retreated after an hour, into the warmth of the MOSI cafe, where we found the rest of the team sitting warm and dry on squishy sofas, sketching and sipping coffee. They had pretty good views from the windows too. Unfortunately, all the soft seats were gone, so I ended up sitting on the hard floor again to do the one below - leadership clearly brings no privileges!

In a lull in the dreadful weather after lunch, I sat on the pavement for another go at the bridges, before the rain flushed me out again:

Once more, I retreated into the museum, where I'd left the rest of the group. I found I was more interested in the ironwork of the building than the exhibits:

My final sketch of the day was this microlight, which I had to do in just a few minutes, because I was already late for our sharing session. After spending ages on the painting above though, I was desperate to do something looser before packing up, so I whipped out my beloved Sailor fountain pen:



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