Here are a couple recent figures. I've been deviating towards drawing with a more expressive line as opposed to realistic representation with values lately. Just a matter of time and practice before I find that middle ground.
If you look through this thread you can see that there are a lot of quick studies or Gesture drawings. Specifically with animation gesture drawings help because animators draw hundreds, thousands of figures to tell a story. You want to be able to knock those out accurately and also very quickly. It's similar with comic art as well, you'll be drawing the same characters over and over again. So figure drawing helps you learn all the different angles/positions that you'll need to have in your head for either profession. Hope that helps.