As soon as you get a circle, and a muzzle, the rest is just a matter of knowing the structure of their character (ie eyes and stuff), and knowing that when drawing their arms, they gradually get wider as they go down.
I started out drawing Sonic characters, so natuarally its easier for me now, just like you're better at anime
I know the feeling. In a way, I was the same way on wanting to draw Sonic OCs...but luckily enough, I've done it. Come take a look around my gallery when you get the chance (I'm not considering myself an expert but one that could POSSIBLY help teach. )