The biggest mistake most beginners make when they start modeling is that they don't have accurate references. It is very difficult to accurately model a complicated object from memory. If you attend a life drawing or human figure sculpting class the instructor will tell you that you should spend more time looking at the live model than you do your own paper or sculpture. So at the very least you should have references to look at when you model on the computer. If you are drawing your own references remember that its possible to make drawings from the front and side that look good but actually don't represent the same 3d object. For this reason it can be good to design your character in two or three point perspective and from this drawing draw the two images for the front and side. Otherwise just take note that you might be positioning CVs appropriately in one viewport as per the sketch and then moving them out of place when you align them with the sketch in the other viewport.