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Get Your Heart Strings Pulled!

Tirer... s'il vous plait

Tirer... s'il vous plait

“Tirer… S’il vous Plait” says it all and it’s my latest design addition to my cafe press store! A cute and fun design that features a multitude of hearts and strings to stir up the chemistry! Available exclusively to women as sexy thongs, tank or cute tee in white, soft pink, salmon and baby blue. Sizes available in small, medium, large and maternity wear. A perfect gift for your lady love this christmas too!


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Greer’s Grantiques eBay storefront finished!

home…And boy are Deb (my lovely new client, hi deb! 😉 ) and myself pleased with the final results! I listened to her needs and wants, convinced her to give me some leeway with the design and to trust in my judgment… and i think she’s more than happy that she did! =)

I kept the design clean and elegant with a touch of simplicity… a completely table-less design that uses simple java script and div tags… the design started with the logo (see my past posts on the logo design process for this project) which then set the tone for the entire design. If the client should ever decide to go with an ecommerce site then this will be the base and inspiration for it also (eBay does limit the use of certain scripts so there’s not too much flexibility when it comes to designing and coding a store, but with a website the possibilities are endless so it’ll certainly be grand!)

here are deb’s thoughts on the design:

“WOW I just looked at it; GREAT!!!! so glad you used the Shakespeare books – they are so cool I don’t want to sell them!

Need an eBay store make-over? contact me on my website @ and ask for a quote! Please provide me with a link to your store/auctions and a small blurb about what your likes or dislikes are, favorite colors etc… the more information i have the easier it’ll be for me to come up with a quote to fit your individual needs and budget!

Merci’! Grazie! Thank you! Gracias! Danke!


Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Design


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My Second Teddy Bear Design approved for Voting!!!

A second design of mine was approved for voting =) This has been really fun and a great way of experimenting with different concepts within limitations (the contest requires we use no more than 3 colors and use their bear template for the design). So my second bear was inspired by my favorite painting of all time: THE KISS, by Gustav Klimt.  If you like him or Pangea and think them vote worthy please do vote and share these links with your friends, family and coworkers =)


Inspiration: Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"


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A Glimpse into Adobe Illustrator line art…

the finale....

the finale....

All concepts start in our minds… we get this idea in our head and we see it as bright as day! “GOSH!”-we think- “where’s my pencil?????” and off we go into a mad frenzy of finding even just a scrap of paper, tissue or even a crumpled up receipt- if drawing pad is not at hand- to give that idea a life… and so the mind, in all its brilliance, connects to our hands, to our fingers, to our pencil, to our paper… connection…. the eye now sees something new and responds in kind. The idea now takes on a different life and shape and goes through a metamorphosis as we begin to visualize our “idea” and deviate (sometimes) from what was originally in our head!

This is my favorite stage in creating a new design! Many a times though i have tossed a paper scrap with a vengeance because somehow the connection got “lost” once the hand and pen decided to step in… often enough though, it’ll come back to haunt me and I’ll keep at it until finally I “see” what my mind was trying to visualize all along!

Here’s an example of that thought process coming to life… the idea was initially of a bionic type woman with screws and metal plates and shiny long hair listening to one of those modern gadgets we’re all attached at the hip to… but I wanted her to still look vintage… kind of like an older generation being pulled into a new one and finding a perfect balance.

lines and curves meet....

lines and curves meet....

So it started, as i said, in my mind and this is what my hand and my eyes translated onto my notebook while i sat outside next to a crackling fire one night…

My hand continued to draw swirls and curves and the dim light was perfect to create shadows… slowly she started to become a “she” and started to have long hair… long curly hair… eyes? no… she doesn’t need eyes…. all her energy is engulfed and concentrated on just one of her senses “sound”… the hair flows almost like waves which to me have always been the sweetest music

(one of my favorite movies of all time is “The Big Blue” as it has an AMAZING soundtrack that makes you feel as though the ocean is all around you!)… her mouth is slightly open from the sheer pleasure of listening to the sounds blasting in her ears from those tiny little pods…

Once I’m happy with my sketch and feeling elated, i can’t wait to turn it into one of those vector graphics we all love… expand… expand… EXPAND… and never any loss of clarity or sharpness… I do love technology sometimes even though nothing for me replaces the smell of turpentine, the texture of a brush and the softness with which oil paints blend together… painting with oils has always been a favorite of mine… too bad it’s one of those super expensive “hobbies” lol! 😉

And so there she is… my final muse… in all her glory… such a long and wonderful journy it was to make her! The sky’s the limit!!!! =)

All images and text herein, copyright Francesca Cornell, 2008-2009

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Posted by on January 31, 2009 in Art, Design, Illustrator, Vector Graphics


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Retro Games Logo Finished!

I have been working on a logo for a new client of mine that sells retro/vintage games and we are both so happy with the final design! The client showed it to a group of online merchants to ask their opinions and the response was simply fantastic!

simple print version

simple print version

Here’s an example:

“Whoa – you sell video games? And here all this time I thought you sold shaving cream. Does that answer your question? Thumbs up.”

LOVE it!!!! If you’d like to see the whole design click the link below…. bonus points if you can come up with a name for the robot/mascot I created for him! 😉

close-up of robot and cd artwork

close-up of robot and cd artwork

Software used: Adobe Illustrator CS2

Magisterrex Retro Video Games Logo Design by Francesca Cornell,

It was great working with Dan and he pretty much gave me carte blanche… Video games… any games in general in fact are FUN.. and so a FUN, colorful design that reminds us all of our own inner child was the way to go! Another comment we got in fact said just that:

“What a fun logo. Makes me feel like a kid just looking at it. You’re right, she’s very talented.”

I wanted to use the new trend of retro/vintage artwork made to order for the new web 2.0 glossy look. The logo is going to make a great center piece for the header that I am now designing for his web store. If you’d like to have a look at his shop it’s here:

We’re redoing the whole store so it’ll be a HUGE change by the time we’re finished! I can’t wait…. this is what I was born to do… DESIGN! =)



Posted by on January 29, 2009 in Art, CSS, Design, Illustrator, Vector Graphics


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