Illustration and Hand-Lettering
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Illustrator and Designer

Maria Nicklin | Furyworks Productions

Specializing in hand-lettering and illustration for small businesses


Furyworks Productions is a small graphic arts studio in Western Loudoun County specializing in custom illustration and hand-lettering for logo and print design using a combination of traditional and modern techniques.

The studio name is based on the archaic definition of the word fury: the frenzy of being inspired. The words Fury and Works were combined to communicate that the energy of inspiration fuels good works.



I found my way into the world of graphic arts at my hometown’s local newspaper, the Fauquier Times-Democrat, in Warrenton, Virginia, creating print advertising, illustrations and cover designs from concept to print. At American Management Systems in Fairfax and KSA Communications in Arlington I furthered my experience in design, illustration and project management.

Furyworks was established over 18 years ago as a freelance business, mostly providing pro-bono work for people, causes and organizations that inspire me. A couple of articles by ethical ad man Jelly Helm – Four for the Future (Creativity, November 1998), and Saving Advertising, (Emigre, 2000) – ignited my conviction that the art of advertising and the act of making a positive difference in the world do not have to be mutually exclusive. Furyworks Productions became a full-time endeavor in 2004.

After earning my BA at George Mason University with a degree in art history, I continued studies in programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art.




In the spirit of Furyworks’ beginnings as communication and design support for causes and ventures that inspired me, I still allot a portion of my time and efforts towards volunteering my services. If you are a nonprofit with a project and little or no budget, please give me a call at 703.508.0816 to discuss possibilities.