Which do you find more important in drawing a character: Expression and energy of the piece, or staying accurate to the design?
Personally, I find expression and energy in a drawing are far more important than accuracy. Of course I think its important that the character stays somewhat on model. They need to look recognizable and also not be so out of whack that they just look silly.
However, for me, being bound by trying to keep every proportion correct and every detail spot on can drain the life out of a drawing.
Movement, acting, expression, and energy all give life to a character and a good drawing with all those things can reveal a character’s personality and story within a single image.
My personal goal as an artist is to share my characters and their stories. There are so many ways you can do that. I find I am most happy though when I do it by drawing various actions and expressions.