One good option for you would be to hook up with a club. There are web sites out there (I am sure someone on this forum can point you in the right direction) that have clubs for every state in the US, Canada etc ... if not send me an e-mail telling me your state and I'll send you some club contacts ...
As far as instruction ... I work much better (as others have said before) from the finished picture. It is easier for me to look at the photo ... and look at my roughout/blank and see where I need to cut. If I had to follow step A to cut to B and center line 3 to right angle 4 ... I'd be lost.
Another recommondation is practice ... I am working with a woman that is carving a golfer's face ... I am having her do several, several practice pieces before she attempts to put the face on the finished golfer. She has been carving eyes, nose and lips for three weeks now.
From working with the articles in the magazine I have to include articles with lots of photos and some with just a few ... I guess people like both styles.
I hope some of this has helped ... and if you'd liek a list of clubs or carving teachers in your area just drop me an e-mail and I'll send you a list of contacts.