Business Card Designs

I work on a slew of projects. So here are three business cards designed for promoting my various creative outlets. One is for my jewelry design company REfusedDesigns Studios, one is for this very blog about my art projects (www.tessamorrison.com), and the latest card is for StrangeKidsClub.com, who I write for and contribute content. My main passion is creating art with with my hands and I don’t think of myself as a graphic designer, but here are some business cards proving that I have some graphic design chops.

Looking at them now I see that I should have pulled down the text on the back of the orange card. The back of the RefusedDesigns card I see a strip of white on the left where the bleed didn’t extend far enough.

As you can tell I have a penchant for rounded corners. They don’t seem to get dinged up as quickly and are just more pleasant and tactile. The REfused Designs card with the gloss black text on matte black background is quite sharp. FYI, right now I have my etsy shop emptied. I’m debating whether I want to sell jewelry through them anymore.

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Strange Kid Comix Magazine Vol. 3

Along with writing articles for StrangeKidsClub.com, I’m putting a piece in their comic book the Strange Kid Comix Magazine Vol. 3. More details on this comic book’s much anticipated release to come. For now, here’s the piece I created for this upcoming volume of 80’s themed nostalgia madness.

Strange Kid Comix Vol. 3 Piece. Tessa Morrison. 2012.

Click here to see images from Strange Kid Comix Vol. 2! Volume 2 included the works of  David Hartman (who also did the cover), Glen Brogan, and many other talented artists. Hopefully with the release of the third volume there will be enough interest/money to do reprints of the first two and you can get your nerdy mitts on these rare comics.

Strange Kids Club

You know that friend who goes on and on about movies when you simply asked if it was good or not? That’s me. So I’ve started writing movie reviews for the website Strangekidsclub.com.

Above is a sketch I did of the site’s mascot, Strange Kid.

Strange Kids Club is a site for those of you with a love for nerdy nostalgia and contemporary geek news. Whether your poison is comic books, cult/horror movies, cartoons, video games, puppets, toys, or all the above, Strange Kids Club is probably up your alley.

Other than writing articles for the website, I’m currently working on a few pieces for the 3rd Strange Kids Comic Book Anthology.

Leah Edwards Album Cover

Taking a break from the fused glass posts, friend and musician, Leah Edwards has commissioned me to design her album cover. Originally from Texas, I met her in Austin while we were both interns for the Downtown Austin Alliance, doing P.R. and street teaming for their 4th season of PBS/KLRU TV show “DOWNTOWN”. We were thrown into a room together to bundle up thousands of postcards for promotions, and instantly hit it off. Now she resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is attending grad school and pursuing her musical career.

Her music is best described as Folk/Americana. I did a couple of designs for her and this seems to be the one we are going forward with:

I designed a similar font, but she ended up going with one designed by another friend of hers. I need to get their name to give them credit. This design is based on a well-known Lewis Carroll illustration of Alice.

Here is a poster design I did for Leah a few years back for her to promote her shows:

I keep saying that Leah is going to be the next Regina Spektor. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and she puts her all into her music. I only have tons of love for this wondrous lady.

Check her out at: http://www.myspace.com/leahmarieedwards

I think there is a video of us singing in her car while running errands for our internship. Fun times…

Sundown T-shirt Design

Sundown is a Columbus-based, psych-folk-rock band that is comprised of my brother, Dustin White, T. K. Webb, Vug Arakas, and Chris Pierce. They will be in Austin for SXSW this year. Dusty asked me to draw up a design for their shirts. He gave me a few references and here’s what I came up with:

She’s 50% Farrah Fawcett, 25% Ralph Bakshi, 15% pin-up, and 10% Sailor Jerry tattoo.