Thanks for the positive responses!
I was really struggling with 3.1, seemed like I would spend hours fiddling around and make very little progress, but these swanky new zspheres (creating an armature then filling out the form) is much more similar to what I used to do when I did stop-mo animation and had to make puppets for that.
Super-glitcher: I totally see what you are saying about aesthetics, I’m definatley going to keep it in mind when I do eventually start sculpting.
Anyway, its not finished (the pilot’s not done and theres some bits that need tweeking) but I have savage lazy-mouse cramp so I have to call it a day, hopefully finish it off tomorrow. Here is my zsketch for today: