Although some may call it nepotism, I have to point out the amazing and tireless efforts of one Rebecca Kimmel. Not only was she a catalyst in my own art development, she has relentlessly pursued the improvement of drawing in hundreds, if not thousands of people. This has been achieved in no small part by her massive contribution to the CG Society forums, online workshops and the start of her own figurative art site.
Unsurprisingly, Rebecca now also teaches live classes in Los Angeles. I don't know where she gets all the energy!
If you've ever wanted to learn figurative drawing or need a touch up in areas you feel you are lacking, she's your gal, whether online or in person.