I'm currently taking Suzi Blu's Les Petite Dolls workshop. She shows you how to paint cute people. I have been struggling with painting/drawing for years now and I am, through her guidance, being able to create pictures that I am reasonably pleased with. Here is the link to her site http://suziblu.ning.com/.
This was an exercise in shading:
And this was my first attempt. It was too yellow and I hadn't done enough layers. We were at lesson 4 by this time.
And this has had more painting done to it. It looks a lot better.