I have attended a few of Michael Mulready’s art courses. He’s good at teaching how to capture scenes by focussing on their areas of light and shade, and building images from the inside out. Although I used charcoal and pastel in his classes, the techniques learnt are generic.
For anyone around Edinburgh wanting to improve their drawing or painting ability, I recommend trying one of Michael’s courses. He has a new website with details of his classes: http://artclassesedinburgh.wordpress.com/. I will be going back for more.
All the work I’ve done in his classes can be seen here. Here’s one: