Since last fall I'm employed at 25% as an illustrator at a Swedish publisher of games and books, while also having a regular dayjob. This illustration is for one of their projects, "Storytale Adventures", which is a fantasy RPG for kids. It's currently being translated for publication on the English-language market.
I will probably see an English version of the game on Drive-Thru RPG site before too long. A RPG aimed for the elementary-school age set would have been a boon to me some time ago. It seems like great fun, a mixture of traditional fairy/hero tales, basic D&D, and some TV shows I watched as a much younger person!
I have to say the expression on that young swordsman's face seems less "Hope I don't slip or I'll be eaten" and more "If I slip then that hornswoggled is getting SERIOUS indigestion" which makes me love this image all the more - since it gives Old Red Terror there the air of perpetual optimism coupled with thoughtless greed one sees on the face of every dog that ever lurked beneath the dinner table!
The monster is lind of like Tsathoggua, but I didn't realize that as I was drawing the image. The monster is a demon, which in this game are creatures born out of a chaotic creation process in a parallell dimension. Sometimes they get stuck in the world of the game and cause mischief. Kind of Lovecraftian, I guess.
That monster design is superb. It balances a true amount of horror with a childishness that fits the piece perfectly. At first glance, it's a simple monster a child would dream up. Then you look closer, and it becomes a true horror.