You have already helped a bunch, got us at least back to where we started at 30. Could try to get something more attack-worthy to replace wiglett or Vanillish to keep Slowpoke safe. Don't tire yourself out though, every bit you contribute counts :)
I always try to since I prefer to be transparent about where I got inspiration from.
It's easier for me to start with the head so I can get a general feel of where the hair will be. I always prefer to do head and hair before anything else. I'm not too bothered if the heads I draw are too big since I draw cartoony, exaggerated proportions, anyway.
I usually look at anime since my art style is supposed to reflect that, and those are pretty expressive, too.
I stopped using pencil because it's easier to learn from my mistakes by seeing them where they are with pen. It actually helps me more to learn from imperfections than to get rid of them. Our pencil sharpener on the wall also doesn't sharpen well, so it's difficult to work with pencil in that kind of situation.
Using lined paper, though, I think I can use the lines to help me size better since that's kind of what they're there for, after all. (I don't know what helper lines are...)