At the start of the new calendar year, I always make sure that the first painting, be it digital or acrylic, I create, be a piece for me. A personal illustration that derives from no commission. This piece, called The Great Portal Tree, is the first creation of 2012 and comes from a world I like to visit often with my personal work. Its narrative relevance to future novels I plan to write, is pretty important and as such, I like to conceptually depict such places and write a little info about them.

If you click HERE, you can read what this tree is and where it is a portal too.


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Lloyd Harvey is a 2D Games Artist, Freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Mad Scientist and the creator of Oni World.

He likes to paint acrylic monsters for fun and occasionally exhibits them. You can see more of his professional and personal work at his website here:

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  • Chris Harrendence
    Chris Harrendenceover 2 years ago

    A brilliant start to the a creative year. Awesome work Lloyd.

  • Thanks Chris, I’m glad you like it!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Very cool work!

  • Cheers!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboover 2 years ago

    This looks excellent, Lloyd!
    Well done!

  • Thank you!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Lloyd!! :)

  • Thanks very much sir!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾over 2 years ago


  • Cheers man!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    fantastic work Lloyd! :)

  • Thanks!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous creation and work. A beautifully jeweled tree full of magic and mystery.

  • Cheers!

    – Lloyd Harvey

  • Danny
    Dannyover 2 years ago

    Reminds me of a Roger Dean picture

  • Thanks man, you’re not the first person to say so actually.

    – Lloyd Harvey

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    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Ted Byrne
    Ted Byrneover 2 years ago

    And yet, despite its entrance to “The Realm of the Dead, to the land of Spirits and to the Forest of Sorrow” it seems neither foreboding nor ominous. As if there’s a whimsical side to the things we dread when we fear to look beneath our beds at night.

  • A lot of things to do with the spirit worlds from folk lore and mythology, often had a whimsical and mischievous edge. The spirits are an unpredictable and greatly powerful bunch; surely, that knowledge alone, should be enough to put the fear into anyone considering walking willingly into the other realm.

    Thanks for checking out my work and reading the description I wrote. I didn’t want to paint the entrance to the other realm in a dark and horror like way as I felt it a little too done… I feel the magical idea of the place needed the softer touch, but don’t work, the actual Realm of the Dead is a pretty bleak and dark place. I’ll take you there soon ;)

    – Lloyd Harvey

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