Welcome to Drawing the Detail, the archive of Drawing the Street.

My name is Ronnie Cruwys. I trained as a conservation architect but I’m now working as a traditional artist, using pen and ink to draw full length streets in some of the more overlooked parts of our towns.

Full length drawings of all the streets drawn so far (approaching fifty in 2019) can be seen on my main website, ‘Drawing the Street‘ but this blog is a means of sharing what I discover about the individual buildings and from people telling me about their history.

I intend that this blog becomes a complete archive of all the buildings I draw.

I would particularly welcome any historical facts or insights that you may have on the buildings which I can include on the blog as a public record. Please get in touch, email below.

My original street drawings can be over 2 metres long. Each drawing is professionally scanned to make high resolution limited edition prints and images for my main website but here on this blog, I show the individual buildings so I can share some of the detail that I love to include on my drawings.

If you want to know more about what’s new on the drawing board, please have a look at my other blog Drawing the Street, where I post monthly updates.  Hope you enjoy the drawings and thanks for reading.




8 Responses to About

  1. Nathan Smith says:


    My name is Nathan w. Smith, I am the gentleman in the Mr. Dicks picture, in Church Street Newcastle.

    We love the picture, and we were wondering how we could go about buying a print and getting a copy of the photo too.

    Thanks so much for immortalising me, it’s lovely.


    • ronniecruwys says:

      Hi Nathan, you have made my day! I love that photo of you smiling out of the window! it felt quite a loss to see the shop had gone…you were the only life on the whole street! It is quite funny and I am sure you will believe me but I was just thinking of Church Street today. I actually still have the framed print from the library exhibition – lets say £30 which is pretty much cost. Please just drop me an email at ronniecruwys@drawingthestreet.co.uk and we can sort it out and I can email you a copy of the photo. I am so pleased you got in touch 🙂 Ronnie.

  2. Hi Ronnie, from Canada’s west coast. Your work is an inspiration!

    • ronniecruwys says:

      Hi William,
      How lovely to hear from you from all the way over there! Thanks so much for your kind words. Hearing things like this adds zest to my day. Thanks again, Ronnie

  3. Seamus says:

    Very pleased to find your site and your wonderful drawings. I was on the top deck of a bus on the Holloway Road admiring Bathurst Mansions. Googling to find out more about the building, I fell on to your site.

  4. Bill Jackson says:

    I love your drawings. Interestingly in the 1960s the camera club of Lanark photographed the majority of the buildings around the centre of the town and Lanark Museum now has this collection in their archive.

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