There's more on the "pretty girls" to come, but this blog is all dusty old pages smelling like cigarettes (trust me) and no color! Bleech. Time for some color (and layout help) from the man, Carl Barks!
A big key to drawing anything is to have a simplified approach, a way of organizing the information so you can tackle it. You don't think of every rib as you draw the rib cage, you think of the overall shape of the rib cage.
I came from animation into story, so I could sort of draw characters, but I had no experience drawing layouts. I would always work on a character drawing until it was perfect and then timidly sketch in a background around it. The crappy background would always overwhelm the character and the overall effect was always stinky. After YEARS of this it finally hit me -simplify your approach and divide your layouts into 3 levels: Foreground, Middleground, and Background. It creates a nice sense of depth and makes it easier to compose if you're thinking of it in three chunks, and not trying to draw every blade of grass and leaf.