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

Brief encounter


I was lucky enough to be in Paris a fortnight ago, so thought I’d try and meet up with the Paris sketchers, who were planning a visit to the ‘Musée des Arts et Métiers’ - a museum of ‘technological innovation’.  I managed a quick ‘Bonjour’ to a couple of the group who were sketching some of the interesting exhibits inside but I was drawn to the model of the Statue of Liberty which stood at the front of the building made by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi  in preparation for the full scale version.  Continuing the American theme I managed a few sketches at Disneyland Paris where, because I am a bit of a wimp, there was time to draw while the rest of the family went on the rides.

You can see the work made by the Paris sketchers at the‘Musée des Arts et Métiers’ on their Flickr page at



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