Swindon's Railway Village is central to the town's industrial heritage. It is almost entirely preserved apart from the Mechanic's Institute which is privately owned. Lots of people have very fond memories of this area so it is a privilige to sketch here.
First sketch on rough paper for layout of Railway Village map
With the Glue Pot at the centre, this is a sketch of Reading Street, one of my first sketches completed for this project.
This church opposite the edge of the park was interesting to draw with all the surrounding trees. It was early spring so I managed to capture the shape of the buildings without too many trees.
One of several sketches inside the Baker's Cafe.
Drawn in fineliner and highlights with a thicker pen, this sketch helped me plan out how to draw the final drawing for the map.
This was a second drawing with black fineliner, done with a bit more care and elevated to be seen from above.
Sketch of the tiny cottage museum, open on heritage days to see how people lived in the Victorian era.
This building faces the main road (Faringdon Road). It is often overlooked by people who don't know the area as it blends in with the style of the cottages. It was interesting to see photos of the building when originally built, with the gardens spreading out across where the road is now.
Several sketches of The Glue Pot. With colour added digitally for the final picture map.
This was part of a painting I did quite a few years ago, when I lived up the hill and had a view over the Railway Village. In fact it's one of the reasons why I'm doing this project now!
A large oil painting of the Railway Village from Dixon Street.
Background of coloured ink drawing with a few buildings added on collage style