18. We're Backing the Bid Signature StripHello and a warm welcome to my blog, Drawing the Street.

My name is Ronnie Cruwys and I love to draw, especially full length architectural street scenes. I draw these as lively but accurate records of the streets as I see them at present.

I use this blog to share what is fresh on the drawing board as well as to share some of the sketches and work behind the scenes.

I also host a sister blog, www.drawingthedetail.wordpress.com which forms an archive of the streets in smaller, easy to open images and welcome input from readers with their own historical insights to the buildings which I have drawn. I would love this to become a living, growing public archive.

This whole street drawing venture began in 2012 with a summer task from our local drawing group.  David Brammeld runs the classes and is a highly regarded and talented Staffordshire artist. When he asked us to fill a blank postcard over the summer break I had no idea where this was going to lead.

The postcard sized drawing where 'Drawing the Street' began
The postcard sized drawing of the Arnold Machin, Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where ‘Drawing the Street’ began

As I pencilled in the ‘Arnold Machin’, I thought about how much fun it would be (not to mention the challenge) to draw the Ironmarket as a whole. There are some attractive clusters of buildings in our town and with many being unlisted they can be easily changed or lost.

My aim is to record them as they stand now, as accurately as possible and share them on my website www.drawingthestreet.co.uk.

Real Thing and Fodder Mongers on Ironmarket
Real Thing, Elvira and Fodder Mongers on Ironmarket

When buildings are simplified as a drawing, their proportions, shape and character are more visible.

Elvira, Fodder Mongers Gourmet Kitchen
Cropped section of Ironmarket in Summer drawing

By seeing the street as a whole, it  encourages us to look up, take stock of what we still have and perhaps cherish our buildings a little more.

The foundations for Drawing the Street were laid with ‘Ironmarket in Winter’ an 8ft long drawing which went on to form the centrepeice of an exhibition in Newcastle Library in November 2013.  Given the public response to the drawing, I donated it to Newcastle library. In March 2018, The Brampton Museum purchased the entire set of Newcaste drawings as part of their permanent collection, where they also stock limited edition prints of the work.

Ronnie Cruwys
Thanks for reading! Ronnie Cruwys



4 thoughts on “About”

    1. Yes, there are some really great streets there, and just the sort of buildings I would love to draw. Ive been drawing Holloway Road as Im taken with the old Great North Road, so I will keep the east end up my sleeve. Brixton was a real surprise, what a place, so much life! What the artists have done to those containers and the railway arches is magical, Brixton should be proud of it. I think its art at its best, transformational. Congrats! If you are on FAcebook, have a look at my page Ronnie Cruwys, there’s an album with a few Brixton pics from the opening night. Thanks for the follow 🙂

  1. Hi, I was wondering if you’d consider a commission? I live and work in Stone, and would like one of Stone, either to include my work at 19 lichfield st (grade 2 listed) or of anywhere on the high St? Bec Malabar, Stone Osteopaths.

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