Monday Spotlight: Teen’s artwork to adorn company’s products

Skylar Vollmer, an eighth grader at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, holds her art design that will be featured on merchandise at Dragon Hops LLC in Purcellville.

STEPHENS CITY – A young Stephens City artist saw her dreams come true when her logo design was chosen to be featured on merchandise for a family owned and operated hops yard in Loudoun County.

The design by Skylar Vollmer, 13, will appear on shirts, hats, bags and other items sold by Dragon Hops LLC in Purcellville.

Skylar, an eighth grader at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, said Dragon Hops held a contest to create a logo design to be featured on the business’s brewery, beer bottles and other merchandise.

The third place winner designed the logo for the brewery, second place created a design for merchandise and the design of the first place winner is featured on the beer bottles, she added.

She placed second with her design selected for use on merchandise. She also won $150.

“It felt great,” she said about the honor and recognition.

She added: “I think second place was the real winner because I got my logo on all the merchandise.”

The design needed to have a Celtic or Nordic origin, a dragon, and be flexible with color, she said. Her winning design was a black and white drawing of a dragon encircling the company’s name.

This was the first time she created a drawing for a business, Skylar said. The design took her less than a week to complete. She began by creating a hard outline of the design and then shaded in the individual parts, “like patchwork.”

“I’m still surprised,” she said about winning second place in the contest.

Her favorite type of art is black and white pencil drawings and dragons, which is what attracted her to this contest, she said.

Dragon Hops also has Skylar on retainer to create other drawings in the future for the company.

Skylar added that she also likes to draw still lifes and zentangles, which are drawings of structured patterns.

She said her parents encouraged her artistic talents from a young age by buying her art supplies and providing motivation to enter contests.

She added that she has considered a future career in art or music. In addition to her drawing abilities, she has played the tuba for three years.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com