Initially, I intended her to be a petite, fairy-like creature who, although suspicious of humans, would never act vicious or violent towards them unless in defense. When drawing her with this personality in mind, I made her appear more "cute" and likeable, by making her eyes larger, her face more delicate, and her body proportions similar to that of a young woman.
I explored the possibility of making my character appear darker and more corrupted. After all, her story isn't exactly optimistic; her curse will eventually lead to her premature death. I thought that if I gave the character a twisted, disturbing appearance, she would seem more ambiguous and tragic, and therefore be more compelling and intriguing.
Her appearance does contrast her personality, which will remain generally peaceful and serene.
I've decided that I will consider taking this direction to my character, although a couple of my peers have said they prefer the other, cuter designs. Perhaps it's just a personal fascination and inclination to creating dark and more provocative characters; generally, I think she is more interesting this way.
My next step will be to create a series of drawings showing her range of expressions and a T-pose, with annotations giving more detail on her physical characteristics.