Monday, December 27, 2010

Things I Like 03

Playing video games.

Watercolors and ink. Original size is 2.5"x3.5"

Now mind you, I never in a million years thought I would like any kind of fighting game. The last fighting game I ever played was Mortal Kombat for the Sega Genesis, and man, was I bad at it. I'm still terrible, which is why I stick to games like MarioKart, Lego Harry Potter or RockBand. But, my fiance recently purchased the SNK Classic Arcade Vol. 1. It's actually been a lot of fun. I think my favorites to play include Metal Slug (a run and shoot game) and King of Fighters '94. NEO Turf Masters has been quite addicting, too. It's certainly no Wii Sports: Golf, but it has it's charm. I love the expressions the characters have when they get below a Par. They are so upset, it's funny.

I must limit my time with these games, though, especially the fighting ones or I'll get the all-dreaded "gamer's thumb." I like my hands too much to get calluses on them.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Things I Like: Free Art Giveaway!

Eating chocolate.
Watercolors and ink. Original size is 2.5"x3.5"

I just want to say 'Thank You' to everyone who follows my artwork, whether you first came across me through deviantart, elftown, facebook, or the many other places where I have posted art. And so, I will be raffling off this ACEO. To enter this Giveaway, all you have to do is:

1.)Start Following this blog
2.)Leave a comment on this post including your email address

You have until midnight (Eastern Standard time), December 29 to enter. The following day, I'll put everyone's name in a hat and randomly select a winner. I will contact the winner through email. If I cannot reach that winner, I will select a new winner and so forth.

Please note: anonymous/private comments will not be counted

ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions, and Originals."
They are 2.5"x3.5". The size of a standard trading card.

Thank you and good luck!

Things I Like 02

I like pretending to be a wizard.

Watercolors and ink. Original size is 2.5"x3.5"
Original painting up for sale at my Etsy shop.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Things I Like 01

Reading comics.

Watercolors and ink. Original size is 2.5"x3.5"

Original painting up for sale. Check out my Etsy shop for details.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Cook 02: Baking

Watercolors and ink. Original size is 6"x8"
And speaking of baking...

A while ago I saw this post from the Magic Bean Buyer about making pie pops. I thought they were really cute, but wasn't intrigued to make them yet until I found this recipe on the Martha Stewart website. And, so here they are in all their sugar-y glory. I only made four of them as true pie pops with the sticks in them. My baking sheet wasn't nearly large enough for all of the sticks and 16 pies. I, also, didn't have a cookie cutter, so instead, I used a shot glass to cut the dough out. They came out perfectly (they even stayed up on my bamboo skewers which were my lollypop stick replacements), and I plan to make them again :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Cook 01 and books

Watercolors and ink. Original size is approx. 6"x8"

My book signing is today! Show your support and help spread the word :) For full details, see the previous post :)

Monday, November 15, 2010


A commissioned portrait.
Watercolors and ink. Original size is 5"x7"

I have been very busy recently. Very happy and thankful for that, too. I've been doing a couple of commissioned paintings like the one above. I, also, got some really good news about a graphic novel that I've been working on, and that's what's been keeping me the most busy, by the way.

This Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6p.m. and on, I'll be doing a book signing at Forbidden Planet in NYC, signing copies of Writers of the Future Vol. 26, which I am featured in, along with eleven other great up-and-coming illustrators and twelve writers.

Forbidden Planet is a great comic book shop located near Union Sq. Come by, pick up some comics, hang out with me and get an autograph. We can talk about Harry Potter. I think I'll wear my golden Snitch pin. It's the day before the movie is released. How awesome is that?

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Inspired by my sister's cat.

My intention was to illustrate this idea for another print for my Etsy shop, but I feel like it came out a little too creepy, so I'm hesitant to put it up for sale. Hmm. I'm just gonna sit on the idea for now.

Watercolors and ink. Original size is roughly 6"x8"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Gollum and the Elven rope

"'It hurts us, it hurts us," hissed Gollum. 'It freezes, it bites!" J.R.R.Tolkein, pg 603, The Two Towers

Watercolors. Original size is 6.5"x10.5"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shelob's Lair

"'The star-glass?' muttered Frodo, as one answering out of sleep, hardly comprehending. 'Why yes! Why had I forgotten it?...'" J.R.R.Tolkein, pg 704, The Two Towers

Watercolors. Original size is 6.5"x 10.5"

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I had been meaning to post these ever since I got back from California. These are the winning illustrations that I created for the L. Ron Hubbard presents The Illustrators of the Future Contest. Photos from the actual 2010 awards ceremony can be seen on the Writers of the Future youtube page:

Each original illustration's size is 5.5"x8"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hold Me

Original size is about 11.5"x7.75"

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Alone," California, and other news

Watercolors. Original size is about 11.25"x7.75"

Finally, I was able to get a painting done for myself. These past few months I was hired to illustrate a graphic novel. The letterer is adding letters now and the colorist is coloring my cover. I'll keep everyone informed as the book gets closer to publication.

Another thing that is keeping me busy is preparations for my trip to California. I will be attending the Writers and Illustrators of the Future workshop and award ceremony at the end of August. I have an illustration in the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 26. You can now pre-order the book on Amazon:

I'm so excited to go to the workshop. I'm looking forward to meeting all the other illustrators and writers that are attending.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Heat

Inspired by the warm weather.

Watercolors. Original size is about 6.75"x5"

Prints of this painting are now available for purchase:

Saturday, May 15, 2010



Watercolors. Original size is 11"x7"

Prints of this painting are now available for purchase at my Etsy shop:


After Jane's big fight with James, Jane lies vulnerable to evil demons that hover above her. They love to play games of torture.

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"

Lover's Quarrel

Jane and James having a lover's quarrel in a tavern.

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"


Franco and Christophe.

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"

Prints of this painting are now available for purchase at my Etsy shop:

Unexpected kisses

Jane and Franco.

Jane is trying to bathe, when sneaky Franco surprises her with not only his appearance, but his complete devotion.

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"

Prints of this painting are available for purchase at my Etsy shop:


This is Jane and James.

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"

Prints of this painting are available for purchase at my Etsy shop:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's crazy, man. Crazy.

Actually, it's like a big comic jam, but the difference here is that the story is passed along from writer to writer and then, afterwards, the art is created and passed along in the same fashion. This is for Torn Comics, pages 46-50. I had fun drawing these characters, especially the main character's father. My section of this story is written by David Disspain.

Ink on bristol board. Original size for each page, excluding the border, is about 8.5"x13"
Artwork (c) O.Pelaez
You can find out more about Torn Comics on their Deviantart page:

Friday, March 19, 2010


Ink on Bristol board
Original size is 6"x9.75"

Sunday, March 14, 2010


A small sample of my latest mini-comic. You can also find this story in the upcoming "Cat Odes" anthology.

Jas. Hook

A scene from "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

Watercolors. Original size is 6"x9"

Yuuzhan Vong

A scene from "Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime" by R.A. Salvatore

Ink on bristol. Original size is 6"x9"