You guys should really do all of the tutor4u videos and then you should do Blenderella if you want to do a figure.
Starting with an anime / stylistic figure is a mistake, there's always going to be shit you have to correct for because you're going off a crude drawing (as opposed to orthographic photos from 3d.sk
, though you'll ALSO need to fix those)
Finally, tab out of Edit Mode to see what shit is actually going to look like. When you're in Edit Mode, Blender is trying to show you what the underlying geometry looks like AND Modifier effects, AND the viewport is trying to do it fast, all that together means some fudging on Blender's part and sometimes it gets it wrong (but only while in Edit Mode).