Next are some of the books and DVDs I've been using and recommend to anyone in the process of learning how to draw and paint.
Books for Beginners
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, 4th Edition
Expressive Figure Drawing: New Materials, Concepts, and Techniques
Art is an Attitude: The Art of Drawing The Figure [DVD]
You Can Paint Acrylics: Step-By-Step Acrylics for the Absolute Beginner