I already had the book "30 min sketching" from Alwyn Crawshaw and I really like it.
I also like Alwyn's way of presenting art courses which I've seen on other subjects.
So I was interested in Alwyn Crawshaws's sketching and drawing course on DVD.
I have a load of excellent art course DVD's. Why would you want to buy a sketching, drawing DVD ? In a book you can see step by step intermediate sketching, drawing results but you still don't know how the artist actually goes about to get to these results. In a DVD you want to see how the artist actually make his sketches, drawings.
Does this DVD offer that ? No, not at all. Next to drawing/painting, I have film making (documentaries put on DVD) including film shooting, as a hobby. The camerawork in this sketching, drawing DVD course is really bad, it looks as if this is the first time this camera man ever held a camera. It's not focussed well so not a sharp image, and worse extremely bad lighting, to mention just two issues (next to other camera total beginner flaws). Poor shots of what's being drawn; the subject. And worse, you can hardly see a single line that is drawn on the paper. You hear Alwyn (or his wife) talking when drawing, but you hardly see anything on the paper; due to the incredibly bad camera work of a camera man who clearly doesn't have a clue what he is doing. How can you shoot a sketching, drawing course day after day and not notice that your shooting is horrible; how amateuristic can you be ?!
I was not looking for a CD; just sound, just someone talking about sketching, drawing.
From a DVD course I expect clear images where I can see what is happening.
If Alwyn or his wife use watercolour, oil paint then you can see a bit more. But if I was interested in watercolour or oil painting I would have bought his watercolour or oil paint DVD courses. I am interested in sketching and drawing, and on this DVD course you simply can't see the (pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, ink pen, etc.) lines on the paper, so it's pretty useless.
At the end of each DVD a gallery of sketches of Alwyn and his wife are shown, which is again completely ruined by extremely bad camera work (including horrible lighting).
Alwyn and his wife are not to blame. They do what you expect of them, they put in their best effort; they have good content (although at a basic beginner level) and a nice way of presenting that; enthusiastic, inviting, inspiring; "Have a go at it!". The course is taking place at The Bahama's an excellent environment for sketching (of course you get some Bahama's promotion but that's no issue at all). For the combination of content and presentation I would give a four star rating (not five star; the content is fine, but not great, it's basic).
But due to the horrible camera work you simply miss at least half of what you would expect and want to see on the DVD; you can hardly see just some of the lines; the sketch, drawing on the paper. So for this key reason I think this product is defect, and is my rating is one star.
The camera man is to blame (total amateur), and, most of all, the company who is responsible for producing and selling this defect DVD (in fact CD, key content mainly just sound) course.
I was really looking forward to this DVD course, but alas, and totally unexpected, I was highly disappointed, I think this product is defect and a waiste of my money.