I was lucky enough to find Mark's videos on youtube and went to this forum and saw the incredible work done by members of this forum. Bought the portrait video and am stocking up on water soluble oil paints and material now (don't have the space to deal with fumes of normal oil paints). I am currently wrapping up my social science Phd so Mark's systematic methods really work well with how I approach learning - demystifying and learning things one chunk at a time.
I'm from Sweden but will take my wife and two kids with me and live in Austin, Texas, over the coming year (spent this previous spring there also). Really like that in the US you tend to have a respect for figurative art that is hard to come by here in Sweden. I've mainly been interested in learning how to sculpt but due to the increase in living out of home I'm transitioning to drawing and eventually to painting.
I have attached a picture of part of a wip sculpture (quarter of life size) that will depict one of the characters of the play Lysistrata. I also attached a drawing in charcoal pencils of my daughter. I use a divider to get the proportions right and then work freehand from there. Looking forward to start painting!