Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration

Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration Award winning design & illustration since 1980.

I started my graphic design/illustration studio in 1980 in Historic Downtown Leesburg, Virginia. I have both regional, national and global clients. My strong suits are logo development/branding, ad design/strategy, menu and brochure design. I am an award winning illustrator, painter and editorial cartoonist. Who's Who in America, Best of Loudoun Poll Loudoun's Best Graphic Designer -1990 through 2017, 12 Gold and 6 Silver VPA Awards, 2 National SNA Awards, Best Graphic Design Firm and Best Marketing Firm Loudoun Local Poll 2014, Recipient of Thomas Balch's John Devine Historical Award, Town of Leesburg Ambassador Award, Innovation Award Winner, The Leesburg George Marshall Award, Member of the Lemonhead Council.

Poster design for Tryst Gallery show March 6, Ambient Punk.
03/02/2020

Poster design for Tryst Gallery show March 6, Ambient Punk.

A new logo for Tonia Chagnon's company, I'll let her tell you: "My little company needed a facelift - so I reached out t...
02/24/2020

A new logo for Tonia Chagnon's company, I'll let her tell you:

"My little company needed a facelift - so I reached out to the best in the biz and look what he did! I love it - it has personality but still corporate-ish. An events company can't be boring and totally corporate, right? Thank you Stilson! Your patience (heavy on the patience with this one), your ability to untangle the spaghetti noodles of what I liked and didn't and wanted and hated, and the way you just nail it in the 2nd round - you are amazing! New website, and such coming soon - but just had to share this!"

Thank you Tonia, it was pleasure.

Now that their beautiful new store is open I can share with you the new refreshed Ketterman's Jewelers logo. I'm blessed...
02/13/2020

Now that their beautiful new store is open I can share with you the new refreshed Ketterman's Jewelers logo. I'm blessed to work with this family who entrusted me years ago to design their logo and now again when they begin this big new chapter. Thank you.

I’ve been a successful graphic designer for over 40 years, and believe that fonts have personality and a feel but to sta...
01/29/2020
In these polarized times, people see even fonts as liberal or conservative

I’ve been a successful graphic designer for over 40 years, and believe that fonts have personality and a feel but to start labeling them liberal or conservative is asinine. Idiots.

Researchers found that people perceive certain fonts and font styles as more liberal and others as more conservative.

Over the last few years I've had the supreme pleasure to work with Jan Williams Kernan and her family in developing Bleu...
01/22/2020

Over the last few years I've had the supreme pleasure to work with Jan Williams Kernan and her family in developing Bleu Frog Vineyards logo and branding. Here are the newest labels for their products from the vine. We decided this collection should be a unified design motif with color, fonts and texture being the distinguishing factors.

12/17/2019
Here are 4 logos designed in the last few months. It's always a pleasure working with previous and new clients. I also k...
11/21/2019

Here are 4 logos designed in the last few months. It's always a pleasure working with previous and new clients. I also know much more about monospaced fonts and bits from Sean McLellan as I designed the ByteRatio logo. After all these years still collecting knowledge for the design vault with every job.

My ad in Loudoun Now.
10/24/2019

My ad in Loudoun Now.

Logo designs for a career Bridging Company, TrestleHire, and a Human Resources Consultation Company, Partner HR. Both of...
10/03/2019

Logo designs for a career Bridging Company, TrestleHire, and a Human Resources Consultation Company, Partner HR. Both of these designs reflect a clean modern austere approach without sacrificing corporate personality. I'm really proud of both of these logos.

A mural I designed and illustrated for a client depicting the W&OD Railroad from Leesburg to Ashburn. It is 24' x 9' and...
09/23/2019

A mural I designed and illustrated for a client depicting the W&OD Railroad from Leesburg to Ashburn. It is 24' x 9' and printed on 6 concrete wall panels. It was a very cool project and I love the muted palette I was allowed to use.

It’s cool when I redesign a venerable logo and see it taking its place in the business branding. Thank you John Frye and...
09/19/2019

It’s cool when I redesign a venerable logo and see it taking its place in the business branding. Thank you John Frye and Blake Landscapes for your trust.

Updating our logo on our office door. Thanks Andrew for your steady hand and skills!

I loved doing this logo for Big Face Barbecue. Look for Tigo's sauces and food cart very soon as he prepares for the lau...
08/29/2019

I loved doing this logo for Big Face Barbecue. Look for Tigo's sauces and food cart very soon as he prepares for the launch of his catering and food truck business. A true pleasure to work with and I cannot wait for his Q.

Thank you for your votes and support for voting me Favorite Graphic Designer in Loudoun Now's Annual Poll. I am apprecia...
07/25/2019

Thank you for your votes and support for voting me Favorite Graphic Designer in Loudoun Now's Annual Poll. I am appreciative of every vote and minute of time spent. I am also happy for the clients that I design and market for throughout the year that won. Here are four whose ads I designed for the special print section. Music Planet Radio, Lightfoot Restaurant, Blake Landscapes and Spanky's Shenanigans. Note: Cerphe and Susan must have a lot of faith in me for letting me go wild with "Klaatu Barada Nikto."

I guess when you want a hippie design I may be the go to cat. It was wonderful to work with Beth Hockenberry Erickson an...
07/18/2019

I guess when you want a hippie design I may be the go to cat. It was wonderful to work with Beth Hockenberry Erickson and Mark Roeber at Visit Loudoun on the Summer Of Love Music Festival. Here's the poster, and the music looks fantastic. Groovy. Far Out. Man

So here's some cool news. Tryst Gallery has commissioned me to illustrate and design a series of 7 posters to coincide w...
07/01/2019

So here's some cool news. Tryst Gallery has commissioned me to illustrate and design a series of 7 posters to coincide with their music series art shows. These posters will be hand silk screened by Turner Hilliker's Holiday Pay Press and will be signed and numbered. They will go on sale before each show, remember they are a limited run. And what's also cool is Cerphe and Music Planet Radio are sponsoring the series with promotion and playlists. The first poster is for Chill Pop. Contact Tryst Gallery for more information, I do believe there will be a special if you order all 7 in the series. Here's the first of those 7.

I probably would not be the first graphic designer that would come to mind to create a logo for a flower business. But I...
06/25/2019

I probably would not be the first graphic designer that would come to mind to create a logo for a flower business. But I am happy Leah Foster chose me to design her Fleur de Leah logo. As her business name plays on "Fleur de Lis" my design does the same.

Well Priority 1 Plumbing & Drain Services gave me a rather large canvas to design for their new truck. Big truck. I coul...
06/18/2019

Well Priority 1 Plumbing & Drain Services gave me a rather large canvas to design for their new truck. Big truck. I could've gone the industry standard of big swatches of images, rushing water, bubbles, faucets etc. But no, with the truck being this beautiful dark blue hue that works perfectly with their logo, and also knowing their likes and dislikes, we went simple. It's recognizable, and most importantly, easy to read. Image360 - Dulles VA did a great job capturing the design perfectly.

My Loudoun Now ad this week. #LogoDesign shouldn't confuse but entertain the question of what's behind it. #GraphicDesig...
06/05/2019

My Loudoun Now ad this week. #LogoDesign shouldn't confuse but entertain the question of what's behind it. #GraphicDesign #Logo Plus I had the jones to draw an octopus.

Years ago I was hired to design The Waterford Foundation Inc. logo, and I did. Recently they came to me with the task to...
05/09/2019

Years ago I was hired to design The Waterford Foundation Inc. logo, and I did. Recently they came to me with the task to create a family tree graphically with 3 of their programs. Using the main logo as the distiller, with its oak tree as the causation, here are the resulting logos. The Fair uses the acorn as its icon, Craft School uses the oak leaf while Second School has the sapling. It is rewarding to have a logo become venerable and then branch out into new brands.

My Loudoun Now ad this month. The first thing you should believe in is yourself. It's hard sometimes, naysayers abound -...
05/02/2019

My Loudoun Now ad this month. The first thing you should believe in is yourself. It's hard sometimes, naysayers abound - you bound right over them.

Nice to see two of my book cover designs in print. Stephen Moore’s John Duffy’s Bluegrass Life, which was Amazon’s Numbe...
04/20/2019

Nice to see two of my book cover designs in print. Stephen Moore’s John Duffy’s Bluegrass Life, which was Amazon’s Number 1 book in sales yesterday, and Michael André Fath’s Symphony For The Angels.

Two cool design projects came together this week. The first is the cover design for Michael André Fath's new book of sho...
03/29/2019

Two cool design projects came together this week. The first is the cover design for Michael André Fath's new book of short stories, well novellas really, Symphony Of The Angels. It was sent the publisher yesterday. Secondly the release of Prescott Engle's new CD, Found, I designed the cover. It has one of my favorite songs Heaven Train on it. As always I thank them for trusting me with their beautiful creations.

My Mother was a clipper. She would go through the newspapers and clip things out. Not coupons mind you, but sayings, ads...
03/06/2019

My Mother was a clipper. She would go through the newspapers and clip things out. Not coupons mind you, but sayings, ads she liked or columns, like Hints From Heloise. These clippings would then go on our fridge held by her many magnets. My ad this week in Loudoun Now is hopefully one she would clip.

Humbled & Grateful.
03/01/2019

Humbled & Grateful.

For over 25 years I’ve designed and drawn Spanky's Shenanigans’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration TeeShirt. Here’s th...
02/15/2019

For over 25 years I’ve designed and drawn Spanky's Shenanigans’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration TeeShirt. Here’s this year’s model. Be sure and order yours now because they are a limited edition and sell out quick.

My Loudoun Now ad this week. Thank you Music Planet Radio, LCPS, Rusty Foster and Tarara Summer Concert Series, Priority...
02/12/2019

My Loudoun Now ad this week. Thank you Music Planet Radio, LCPS, Rusty Foster and Tarara Summer Concert Series, Priority 1 Plumbing and UMMC for your trust and patronage.

Thank you Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies for hiring me to design the new logo for Tarara Summer Concert Series. It's...
01/31/2019

Thank you Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies for hiring me to design the new logo for Tarara Summer Concert Series. It's extra cool that it's the 20th Anniversary of the event.

Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration's cover photo
01/27/2019

Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration's cover photo

My logo design ad this week in Loudoun Now. Thank you Christine Mougin-Boal of Mountain View Pottery, Turn2Realty, Rober...
01/17/2019

My logo design ad this week in Loudoun Now. Thank you Christine Mougin-Boal of Mountain View Pottery, Turn2Realty, Robert Merhaut Photography, Amit Rupani of Red Lion Tavern Beer Co., New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Outer Banks Front Desk and Stacey Case of the D&SCFF and Walnut Management Company for your patronage and trust. I take the responsibility of designing a logo for a business as a serious partnership to embody their spirit and create the integral cornerstone of their brand. And to make it, above all, "cool".

Last Fall I did an assignment seminar with The Academies of Loudoun graphic design classes. Instructor Pam Smith and I p...
01/10/2019

Last Fall I did an assignment seminar with The Academies of Loudoun graphic design classes. Instructor Pam Smith and I plan a real world exercise for the students. It has a very tight deadline, research requirements and a difficult design property. This year the project was a logo design, from initial client meeting, to roughs, to edit phase, to final art. The business was Pop's Pizza & Doughnuts. I know, I'm evil, but the results were fantastic.

12/27/2018
I Love My Dog (Lyric Video) Todd Wright & Ethan Mentzer

Year end notes: this video that I illustrated for Todd Wright and Ethan Mentzer was one of my favorite projects of the year. It was animated by Anila Shakya. It was my first toe tip in this medium plus I drew one of my favorite dogs and one of my favorite singer/songwriters and human being. And it’s a fantastic song, heartfelt and true.

Last summer, as my dog Bruno basked in the sun, I sat beside him and wrote this ode to the world's best wiener. I don't know if you've ever loved a dog but I...

12/13/2018
Most of the posts on this page deal with the graphic design aspect of my business, but I also do many illustrations for ...
10/23/2018

Most of the posts on this page deal with the graphic design aspect of my business, but I also do many illustrations for publications, clients and individuals. Every Halloween I draw an old Universal Monster character to keep my ‘likeness’ chops up and for grins. This year I chose Henry Hull in The Werewolf of London, one of the very first werewolf movies made. Along with this new sketch I brought along some of his friends from Halloweens past. By the way... his hair was perfect.

It’s always cool when one of my logos park beside me.
10/09/2018

It’s always cool when one of my logos park beside me.

I was commissioned to design a logo for The New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lovettsville, Virginia. Upon my site visit ...
10/01/2018

I was commissioned to design a logo for The New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lovettsville, Virginia. Upon my site visit I was taken back by the beautiful steeple and stained glass work throughout the building. I did modern approaches, visual takes on the stained work and of course the steeple as the icon. Here is the chosen logo in color and greyscale as well as a photo of the church and its majestic steeple.

Craft Brew entrepreneur Amit Rupani hired me, I did his Bark N’ Brew logo, to design a logo and base label look for his ...
09/19/2018

Craft Brew entrepreneur Amit Rupani hired me, I did his Bark N’ Brew logo, to design a logo and base label look for his new venture Red Lion Tavern Beer Co. What I love about Amit is his entrepreneurial spirit and his love of animals. All of his ventures' names and visuals center around them and he donates part of the proceeds to their care and welfare.

A great photo and a defining headline can produce memorable ad campaigns. Thanks Paige for allowing me to design a less ...
09/14/2018

A great photo and a defining headline can produce memorable ad campaigns. Thanks Paige for allowing me to design a less is more ad for Eyetopia, Inc. - The Eyewear Vault in The Washingtonian Magazine.

New logo design for photographer Bob Merhaut. He and I both wanted an icon in the design that could stand alone and also...
08/29/2018

New logo design for photographer Bob Merhaut. He and I both wanted an icon in the design that could stand alone and also be used as a watermark on his work.

My ad in this week's Loudoun Now. I have the pleasure to work with a lot of people, most allow me to push the envelope o...
08/23/2018

My ad in this week's Loudoun Now. I have the pleasure to work with a lot of people, most allow me to push the envelope of design and the boundaries of advertising and marketing. Here are some: Loudoun Now, Music Planet Radio, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Lightfoot Restaurant, Blue Frog Vineyard and Farm, Todd Wright, Bedtime Stories from the Outer Banks, Blake Landscapes and Leesburg Vintner. Thank you.

08/21/2018
I Love My Dog (Lyric Video) Todd Wright & Ethan Mentzer

First time my illustrations ever used in a video and it’s about wieners and love. I’m good with that. Thank you Todd Wright and Ethan Mentzer.

Last summer, as my dog Bruno basked in the sun, I sat beside him and wrote this ode to the world's best wiener. I don't know if you've ever loved a dog but I...

My previous post was deleted so here we go again......Here's another post that "pulls back the curtain" of graphic desig...
08/15/2018

My previous post was deleted so here we go again......Here's another post that "pulls back the curtain" of graphic design and illustrates how I work. Christine Mougin-Boal asked me to design a logo for her ceramic studio, Mountain Blue Pottery. As with every job I always start on the drawing board with lined paper. After I feel good about the concepts I do the actual drawings on the iPadPro, then to the computer where I usually work in Adobe Illustrator. There I do "final art" of the designs. I find by showing a client complete and finished logo choices they have a clearer path to their decision. In this case I showed three designs and one was chosen without edits or tweaks. Thank you Chris for your trust with your baby.

It was great working with Dave Miller in creating the logo for his business Down 'ne Ocean specializing in the food, fee...
08/12/2018

It was great working with Dave Miller in creating the logo for his business Down 'ne Ocean specializing in the food, feeling and fun of the Maryland beaches. Did someone say hard shells?

Here is a work-line from a recent cover commission for The American Society of Civil Engineers. I was given the assignme...
08/05/2018

Here is a work-line from a recent cover commission for The American Society of Civil Engineers. I was given the assignment to illustrate a new technology that uses in-vehicle acquired “”data gathers” to transmit road information to municipalities with regards to current and forthcoming potholes. Don’t ask me how it works I just needed the concept to do the project. First I did a pencil sketch of my idea using the dashboard and the product with a GPS map and a pothole road sign to convey the concept. After approval I drew the dashboard art on my iPad Pro, created a map and a highway sign and meshed them into a cover design. You will notice on the final proof that the rear view mirror was eliminated for a cleaner visual field. Upon final approval that art file was sent to the client. The last image is the printed publication. This was a challenging project, I’m very happy with the final product and a satisfied client. #illustration #graphicdesign

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Partner in Marquis Investments LLC, owners of The Laurel Brigade in Leesburg, Virginia, Creator and Founder of Acoustic on the Green, Leesburg's Summer Music Series and Co-creator of Jingle Jam a rock n' roll Christmas concert for charity, 2009 - 2011 Vice-President Leesburg Downtown Business Association (LDBA), Founding Member of Downtown Improvement Association, Past Board of Directors: Thomas Balch Library and DIA, Partner in Shenandoah Records LLC, Owner, Bishop's Gate LLC, Brand Chairman LDBA 2011 -2013.

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Voted Best Graphic Designer in Loudoun for 31 consecutive years.

I started my graphic design/illustration studio in 1980 in Historic Downtown Leesburg, Virginia. I have both regional, national and global clients. My strong suits are logo development/branding, ad design/strategy, menu and brochure design. I am an award winning illustrator, painter and editorial cartoonist.

Who's Who in America, Best of Loudoun Poll Loudoun's Best Graphic Designer -1990 through 2019, 12 Gold and 6 Silver VPA Awards, 2 National SNA Awards, Recipient of Thomas Balch's John Devine Historical Award, Town of Leesburg Ambassador Award, Innovation Award Winner, The Leesburg George Marshall Award.

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