Urban sketching has really become a way of life for me the past several years, and it's fun when I can generate a little interest in the "sport" here and there. Last week I was invited to a local television station here in Fresno, where I was able to talk about the process, and the next day was able to show my sketches for the first time at the Fresno Art Hop, where hundreds of locals came through. Many people showed great interest, and I was very happy to share how it works. The following morning I flew to Hartford, Connecticut, where I met up with my father-in-law, who loves to self-publish books from a psychologist's perspective. His books are usually geared for those who are looking to live productive, healthy, happy lives. His project this time is producing a practical book about the life of Jonathan Edwards, an early American intellectual, philosopher, and theologian who has had a powerful impact on American religion, education and culture. My father-in-law was attracted to Edwards even more because of the astounding progeny that followed his life; an unbelievable number of lawyers, educators, college presidents, public office holders, missionaries, senators, clergymen, and a vice-president. His goal was to head into the land of Jonathan Edwards, see where he was born, raised, where he preached, traveled, and died. My job was to illustrate his book with urban sketches, so this video gives a glimpse into our 4 or 5 days together, and a few of the sketches I came up with from that beautiful part of the country.
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.