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

"When you feel tired, please take some rest for a while."

12 x 19 cm



Yesterday I walked along the Segeomjeong street. A strong orange colored bench caught my eye contrasted with blue stairs and supporting pole. I touched it and was surprised at the creative idea of using cement blocks. And a sentence was written on the window: "When you feel tired, please take some rest for a while." I began to sketch it. A middle aged woman came to see what I was doing. She said that it was her daughter's flower shop (Flos) opened a month ago and asked me to see inside. She told me that the bench was made by her husband for her daughter. After I finished the drawing I went in and heard that the flowers were treated by special method in Japan, which would keep the same figure for two or three years without being withered. She imports, designs and sell them as present goods. When I was in the shop a young lady was buying some gift sets. I hoped her business to go well.

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