I am rather surprised to discover how difficult it is to find good information about drawing and painting online. There are numerous courses to be paid for, some of them promising amazing results etc. which has the reverse of the intended effect so far as I am concerned. Or there is little or no way of knowing whether the CD or DVD based course is likely to be any good at all. Most seem ridiculously expensive but there are exceptions I am sure.
There are many short video clips on Utube and elsewhere some of which are both inspiring and informative despite the limited running time. Others display good intentions but poor execution – badly produced, waste time, fail to explain, or expect one to follow what it going on through a series of largely disjointed time-lapse stills.
Recently I came across a real gem for would-be portrait painters using oil paints. It is a seven-part demonstration by an artist called Johnny Lilliedahl, whose running commentary as she paints seems to me to be unusually articulate and packed with really helpful information. The seven-part series is on the American Artist website and can be downloaded free of charge – but there is a lot of it and you will need a decent broadband connection. If this is of interest to you, go and have a look without delay as I don’t know how long it will remain available. I have not yet seen the entire demonstration but the parts I have seen suggest to me that this and other DVDs by this artist are likely to be good value for money.