I previously announced this elsewhere, but I'm currently making a video game that teaches Japanese. The game itself is called "The Pineapple Chronicles"
After a disaster at sea, the main character, Max, is washed up on a deserted island. After a little exploring, he finds a young girl, who is the only other survivor. Her name is Kaori, and she is a Japanese girl who doesn't speak a word of English.
The object is you have to learn her language in order to cooperate and survive on the island. That's not the whole story. The island itself also has a rich history that you learn while you explore it. There are no hatches or secret numbers, but the island turns into a very interesting place.
I've scanned in some of my sketches. Here they are
Kaori is first, Max is second.
In Kaori's sketch, I beg of you to disregard the profile in the lower left hand corner, I took it upon myself to draw another one which turned out much better. I also suffer from "ballhand" where fists become balls attached to an end of an arm. I'm not very consistent with my drawings, but I'm getting much better. I love the center picture, and is closest to my mind's eye at how her final appearance will look like in the game.
I'm still working on what to give her as clothes. I *want* to give her a blouse with an American flag on the front, just for irony's sake. She wears a long dress, but I don't have the top right. It's been flip-flopping between a button-up blouse and some kind of shirt.
As far as Max goes, once again the center picture is what I feel is the best representation of how he looks. My consequential drawings made him regress in age. He's supposed to be 20-ish In the the bottom picture, I think I just made his eyes too big, which is why he looks so young.
Feel free to hash this out amongst yourselves. If you want to see how the game is being made, feel free to click on the link in my sig. That goes to a worklog that I publish every day.