i cant see any vertices or faces or any kind of grid in the front viewport. In 3D mode when i shift around they appear as you can see in picture 1. however when i click '1' in the numpad to go to front view edit i cant see any geometry- no edit grids or lines. i can only see it if i click wireframe mode. have i clicked something? everything in my viewport overlays is clicked on.
You are probably viewing the back of your model rather than the front. Press CTRL+1 to view opposite side or/and ALT+Z to toggle transparency.