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.

Logo design for Maverick Mowing, the icon can stand alone. It was a pleasure working with Chris Groves and his son Liam.
06/11/2020

Logo design for Maverick Mowing, the icon can stand alone. It was a pleasure working with Chris Groves and his son Liam.

Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies commissioned me to design a Virginia Is For Bow Tie Lovers graphic for use on Tee's a...
06/01/2020

Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies commissioned me to design a Virginia Is For Bow Tie Lovers graphic for use on Tee's and other merchandise as well as Social Media posts. Here is the design and one for Pride month, also.

My Loudoun Now ad this week.
05/12/2020

My Loudoun Now ad this week.

05/03/2020
Fabbioli. Visit Loudoun.

Beth Hockenberry Erickson asked me to do something virtual for Visit Loudoun so I did a drawing of Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars. After the pencil sketch I hit record then inked and colored. I wish I captured a better likeness but once I hit record I cannot stop it and then resume. I also have to do this in 6 minutes to make a 2 minute speed version, anything longer than that and it’s too much. Stay safe.

A few years ago Callie Turner and her husband Andrew hired me to do a logo for their Vizslas. These beautiful animals in...
04/21/2020

A few years ago Callie Turner and her husband Andrew hired me to do a logo for their Vizslas. These beautiful animals inspired the logo, as a matter of fact the illustration in the design is one of their favorite dogs. Since that time they have expanded their reach into other facets of their business path. Because of that expansion they asked me to design, in the same vein, their other enterprises' logos. Because the logo is horizontal they also needed Social Media badges and avatars to fit into square and circles. Here's the end product. Thank you Callie and Andrew for you loyalty and trust.

Here are some new Social Media Badges for Cerphe and Susan over at Music Planet Radio, including three new #BeatleWednes...
04/15/2020

Here are some new Social Media Badges for Cerphe and Susan over at Music Planet Radio, including three new #BeatleWednesday, if I have to tell you who the other three are you not listening enough. Stay safe. Stay home. Cerphe's Up. Come together alone.

Usually I post new logos or illustrations that I've done for clients here, but today's post will be different. As much a...
04/07/2020

Usually I post new logos or illustrations that I've done for clients here, but today's post will be different. As much as I love designing logos and drawing, the meat and potatoes of graphic design is producing communication between client and audience. Store stand ups, flyers (All-Pro Services, Inc.), truck magnets (Amazing Flame Gas Fireplace Service and Repair), fridge magnets (Priority 1 Plumbing & Drain Services), and ads (Eyetopia, Inc. - The Eyewear Vault), this is where message, copy, art, photography and design meet to market, inspire, inform and brand.

03/29/2020

Thought I’d bring you a little Fab in a quick color sketch from pencil rough to color in a minute thirty four. Stay safe. Have hope. Stay home and listen to The Beatles. God bless.

Staying home I decided to keep my chops up by doing some sketches and sharing them with you. This first one is all about...
03/22/2020

Staying home I decided to keep my chops up by doing some sketches and sharing them with you. This first one is all about love, love that knows no boundaries or time. Stay safe. God bless.

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.

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Leesburg, VA
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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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