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

Wintry Day in the City

by Cathy Gatland in Johannesburg, South Africa

Was it something in the Zeitgeist that had me sketching with a water soluble fountain pen and watercolours on Friday, just before Marc Holmes did a post about this technique? My results very much messier than his, I used a Pilot disposable V-pen, trying to challenge myself out of a bit of a sketching slump. I do enjoy the slight unpredictability of what happens with the ink and colour - but maybe too random and slapdash here, I will apply more discipline next time, having seen his sketches!

It turned out to be a freezing cold day that three of us had arranged to go sketching in town, so our viewpoints were dictated by where we could find a spot in the sun and out of the icy wind - one looking over the parking lot of SciBono Discovery Centre over a cup of coffee at a restaurant, the other outside the entrance where high school students gathered after their tour. Some were very interested to see what we were doing, and keen to be in the next sketch. I didn't realise until I saw the photo that the conga line of small children was trooping past behind me, I would love to have drawn them too!



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