How to make a skeleton?

I’ve been trying to build me a skeleton but it just didn’t work out at all, allthough that might be because I think my methods arent that good (I first started tubing one down from front view…didn’t work at all…then I tried making a flat area which was the right shape from front view, which did work out, but when I went into side view i got in trouble cuz I couldnt move the verts correctly without messing up front view…

Perhaps making it out of components would be better, but I couldn’t find a good example for the components to use as a guide model (so maybe an image on that would be useful)…

(dont send me finished blends, I prefer to have a home made version)

I’ll put the screenshots of what I’ve used and ended up with here:

I didn’t put them up because it only takes URL inserts…Eh well…they looked like crap anyways >.<