Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes trading card set from Cult-Stuff is officially out. I highly recommend trying to get your hands on these cards while you can, it's a really cool trading card set.
For this set I only did 10 sketch cards, good luck getting your hands on them! If you do end up getting one of my ten original sketches, I'd love to hear from you. It's fun learning where they end up. I also did 13 illustrations for the basic trading cards, one for each story in the book and also a follow up image to "The Mind of Sherlock Holmes," "The Mind of Professor Moriarty." The illustrations for the stories often hide lots of different elements from the stories in them. You won't fully understand the art unless you've read the book. And if you haven't read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, do so, it's fantastic! Here's all the art I did for this set, shown together in one place for the first time. The basic trading cards are shown first and then the 10 2.5" x 3.5" sketches follow after. I hope you all like them!   - Josh















 

 








Thursday, July 24, 2014

Batman Day

In case you didn't know, yesterday was "Batman Day," the celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary of the exact date of his first appearance in Detective Comics #27. To celebrate, the Barnes and Noble in Saginaw Michigan held a fantastic event, and teamed up with the Michigan Comics Collective to make it even more spectacular. In addition to costume contests, free special edition reprints of Detective Comics #27, getting read books to by the Dark Knight himself, and tons of other sales and giveaways, anyone that came to the Saginaw Barnes and Noble could get FREE sketches from real comic book artists in the non-profit group, the Michigan Comics Collective.

 

So I took a vacation day from the full-time design gig, jumped in the car, and made sure I was at this event to take part. And I'm so glad I did. There was a huge crowd of both kids and adults excited to get sketches and talk comics. I had expected to be drawing Batman all day, but I actually received a variety of requests, including the X-Men 2 movie Nightcrawler, Green Arrow from the Arrow TV series, Black Panther, all sorts of stuff. I did a bit of variety of Batmans as well, including his very first appearance costume (with actual big bat-looking ears on mask!), Adam West Batman, and even Lego Batman.  I took photos of some of the sketches I did, so I figured I'd show them here, and I also nabbed some people's pictures of the event from FB to show you what it was like.  Note: My sketches were done very quickly, and the younger the child the quicker I did them (their attention span and patience is limited), so it's obviously not going to be my best work. But there's a couple gems in there, especially for quick free sketches. A good time was had by all, and I was very proud to be counted among such a great group of artists. A big thanks to Barnes & Noble for having me out and for hosting such a fun event. The employees at the Saginaw location were amazing, and treated the artists so well. Some of them were there all day helping out with the event on their day off! You guys absolutely rock.
If you're bummed out that you missed your chance to meet the Michigan Comics Collective artists, worry not! We do lots of events, and we'll even be back to that same Barnes and Noble in August for a Ninja Turtles event they're doing, which is sure to be AWESOME. All you have to do is keep an eye out for the event postings on michigancomicscollective.org and michigancomicscollective.blogspot.com. Are you holding an event for children that you'd like to see the Michigan Comics Collective at? Do you work at a children's hospital and would love to see our artists draw some superheroes to put some smiles on some faces? Contact michigancomicscollective@gmail.com.     Ok, enough jibber jabber, on with the photos.     - J

 

 


















Monday, July 7, 2014

Jack of Spades: The Secret Mission

Jack of Spades #1 is available now in select stores, and online at SourcePointPress.Storenvy.com and Comixology.com! Don't see Jack of Spades at your local comic shop? Ask your local comic store to carry Source Point Press titles! Make it YOUR secret mission!


I made this video for fun, with stop-motion animation, using construction blocks from Lego and similar brands. Hope you like it!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Zombie Rush: Riot

Coming out this month, from MindFrost Solutions, the iOS mobile app video game Zombie Rush: Riot! You'll be able to download this game for FREE from the app store, and I'm asking you personally to please check it out. Not only is it going to be a fun, intense game, but I'm also one of the artists who worked on the motion comic which tells the storyline in-between the levels. So please download this game, and make sure you make it to Chapter 5, where you'll see my artwork start to kick in. :)
MindFrost Solutions, and the Creative Director on this game Eric Roman will be at the Dancing Devil Comic Con this month, which is Saturday July 19th at Dancing Devil Dermagraphics on Gratiot in Marysville, MI (next-door to Subway!). This is a free mini-con where you'll get to meet some of my favorite writers and artists, and now even video game developers! So come on out from 1pm - 9pm to the Dancing Devil Comic Con, check out a free demo of Zombie Rush, meet the MindFrost team, check out the cool swag, and have a great time!
Zombie on, lovers of the undead!
- Josh







Jack of Spades #1 now on Comixology

Jack of Spades #1

Jack of Spades #1


Cover by: Joshua Werner
Written by: Trico Lutkins
Art by: Joshua Werner
Price: $0.99

A Wolf... In Snake's Clothing
The Jack of Spades takes on a new kind of job... A rescue mission! As the media rages about the growing threat of the parahuman population, the Nuevas Vegas police force begin taking new precautions. Where does Spade fit in with the mounting politics? Who is his mysterious new client? And how are all these people just pawns for Caesar Serpent's plans? 

Buy now on comiXology!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dancing Devil Comic Con Press Release

Official Press Release 
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Dancing Devil Dermagraphics to Hold Comic Con in Marysville July 19th

Dancing Devil Dermagraphics, LLC, is a unique combination of a tattoo studio and art gallery located on Gratiot Blvd in Marysville. The front half of their business is full of artwork and handmade gifts created by local artists, and to extend their love of artwork of all forms and their outreach to the artistic community, they’re holding the Dancing Devil Comic Con Saturday, July 19th. From 1pm – 9pm owners Matt and Ann Littke welcome the public to come meet creators of books, comics, trading cards, and video games. The creators will have merchandise for sale and will be discussing the creative process with customers throughout the day. This event has no admission charge and welcomes children and adults of all ages.
To put together this event, Dancing Devil Dermagraphics teamed up with local indie publishing company Source Point Press. Art Director Joshua Werner has been in charge of organizing the guests. “Dancing Devil is a one-of-a-kind tattoo shop. They’ve always supported the local artistic community, and they’ve held several successful events in the past. I’m excited to be a part of this, and to get more people inside this amazing shop and for them to meet Matt Littke and see how friendly and incredibly talented he is. We’ve put together an awesome lineup of guests too, this is sure to be a great time!” says Werner.
Included among the guests at the Dancing Devil Comic Con is award-winning author and performer David C. Hayes. A well known creator in the horror genre, Hayes has well over 100 film credits on IMDB and has written dozens of books, comics, screen plays, and stage plays. Also, making a special appearance at this event is radio celebrity, author and performer, Jon King. He is the co-host of the “Mike and Jon in the Morning” show on 93.5 WHMI. MindFrost Solutions, a digital design group specializing in mobile applications and games, will also be at the convention and will be unveiling their latest iOS game for mobile devices set for release later this month, “Zombie Rush”. Demos of this free mobile game will be available at the event. Producer and Creative Director Eric Roman describes the game: “Run, jump, and slide your way through hordes of endless zombies as you try and outrun and survive the undead. The game features three artists, including guest and event organizer Joshua Werner, who tell the game’s story through a beautifully illustrated motion comic and four playable characters.” MindFrost’s team consists of industry professionals who have worked titles such as “Mortal Kombat,” “Quake,” and “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” Other guests include author and comic book writer Trico Lutkins, illustrator Jason Westlake, author and comic book writer Vincenzo Bilof, illustrator Aaron Trendy, cartoonist Jeff Sornig, and author and comic book writer Travis McIntire and illustrator Stephen Sharar of the Michigan Comics Collective.
In addition to having guests and merchandise, there will be raffles, opportunities to commission artwork, and live art demonstrations. The Dancing Devil Comic Con will be

held from 1pm – 9pm Saturday, July 19th at Dancing Devil Dermagraphics, 1000 Gratiot Blvd. Marysville, MI 48040.
More information can be found at www.IWantInk.com and www.SourcePointPress.com. For questions or interview opportunities, contact Joshua Werner at asfallleaves@gmail.com.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Character sketches

Here are a couple of character sketches I did recently. One is a commission for someone's Dungeons and Dragons character, and the other is a commission for a character design for someone's comicbook character. Pretty fun to draw, over all! :)