If you have an interest in being a professional artist you should give this conference a visit http://industrygiants.org/. I’ve been to one and was quite impressed as well as learned some interesting ideas. It takes place June 25-26, 2011.
Also take a look at http://abunchofshortguys.org/ . I have been going to a life drawing class they host at Janimation studio that has been a pleasant experience.