I like the graphical style you've got going, and the colors used in the forest look great, too.
As for constructive criticism, I think the main character looks like just the head of a character on the side views, though...? Where are his arms and legs?
The leaves in the water might look a bit better if they were turned upside-down.
EDIT - By 'turned upside-down', I meant if they were drawn so their curved bottom was up toward the sky. -
Anyway, great work so far!
Thanks. The character's legs are purple and hard to see. Should be fixed with a color change. I'll take another look at the arms too.
Someone suggested to have leaves fall from the sky and sink into the lake. I really like that idea, but I have no idea how to even begin to make that work. My first problem is that I have no clue where the leaves should even come from, etc. Also, it makes no sense for leaves to only fall above the lake, so what should happen to the leaves that land on the ground?
I like what I'm seeing. I don't think the story sounds FF-like, no mention of crystals, balance of the world, etc. It's only a basic setting that you've told us anyway, not the whole thing, it could end up all sorts of ways in the end. Anyway, all stories have been written before if those things sound too much like anything, just make it charming in its own right and it'll be good. But yeah, gameplay first
What sounds FF-like (or RPG-like) is that the characters are on a quest to save the world. But if it was a quest to save a princess that would have obviously been done before as well. I think the most important thing is that the quest is not the story itself, but the thing that forces the story to happen, and that will be the case here.
They do say every story has been told before. There are only eight basic plots after all.
I counted, and my story has elements of 5 or 6 of them.