Each artist has his own comfort-zone of using references and other materials. In the end you'll find the right balance for your drawings. But from my perspective - every artists who strives to improve needs a challenge - and refs, can be part of it. As some artist on Youtube said - only drawing...
I like your tale, and the idea of getting candy bars :)
Anyway, I would love to do some pencil or digital sketching. As for robots... here is an example (it was done years ago):
And for some more recent art:
You are welcome to ask any question that you have if you find it relevant.
I would love to make her into a snake or a scorpion (just my personal interest, I'm fine with any other animal type).
For 30$ I would do a base lineart and coloring, for more in-depth shading the price would go a bit higher.
Hi Savannah (or Cottonkins?) - welcome to the forum. I hope you'll have a good time here.
Do you plan to draw your fursonas? What are they?
And please don't underestimate yourself! Just draw and publish and communicate - and you'll get some positive responses from the people around here ;)
Welcome to the community! I hope you'll have a nice time here.
What is your drawing style? Any favorite characters or sources of inspiration? Digital, traditional?
Remember you can get help in the forum, or at least a lot of confusing advice :)