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

Sketching George Town II and Ah Beng.

I survived the three days SKETCHING GEORGE TOWN II in Penang from 5 to 7 July in total joy and satisfaction, start an early morning day with a happy stretching-in-bed and skip the often afternoon nap like I was moved back 10 years earlier in life. That was all the Sketching George Town II all about, big thanks to Ch'ng Kiah Kien, Khoo Cheang Jin and his great team of many other sketchers.
Each sketching day start with the 8.30 AM morning briefing, it was no problem after the morning roadside coffee with condense milk, two hearty half-boiled eggs+toast with butter/kaya jam, personally served by Ah Beng, our friendly coffee man right across the hotel.

Penang and Siam (Thailand as known then) had close relationship long into history up to today. And of course, you can count on us, Penang and Bangkok Sketchers too if you like:-) During my younger days, Thais hi-so riches went to Penang for their overseas shopping spree instead of London or Paris. Penang is also known as sister cities to our popular Andaman Sea destination of Phuket sharing many cultures and characteristics.
It is easy to see how Penang is all about culture, community and people. We had an opportunity to record in sketchbook the unique juxtaposition of Indian and Chinese Temple, Malay Mosque and Christian Churches within a single walk.


Sketching George Town II was my second shot of the great and memorable sketching experience after USk Symposium. It is certainly what makes sketching an activity of my choice of learning to catch up with the world and growing (old) with.
Sketching the moods and air of the nightly sharing session was kind of relaxing and as enjoyable as reading bed time story, possibly what brought me those good and sound sleep nights . I still recalled how I, each night, look forward to sitting at Ah Beng's open-air roadside table holding a cup of his hot, thick local coffee for another sketching day in George Town!!
Till next time then:-)

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