John Collado
John Collado
I'm an Artist and Illustrator
Wells, New York, United States


After pursuing a career path like many others, I eventually transitioned to my lifelong passion of drawing and illustrating. Since my retirement in 1991, I have devoted myself to running my art business full-time. My artistic style is primarily rooted in realism, but I also possess a whimsical and satirical flair that enables me to express myself freely. While I am self-taught in traditional art, I have also embraced digital art as a way to accommodate the busy schedules of my clients. This proficiency has allowed me to create engaging visuals for children's books and cover art for various authors and publishers. I also explore other art forms that serve as a personal outlet for my opinions and personality. I hope that you have found my portfolio to be enjoyable, and I express my gratitude for your visit.



Author of Fantasy Novels, Editor and Proofreader
October 5, 2023, DEBRA was John’s client.

I am an author. I worked with John on the cover of a fantasy novel in my Midwestern Shapeshifter series, Living NIghtmare. He was very clear upfront about requirements, costs, and did a great information-gathering interview with me at the beginning of the project.

I was thrilled with the line drawing he sent me as a first example and even more thrilled with the final results. We had several back and forth email exchanges to nail down all the small obstacles as I attempted to self-publish my book, and he was the picture of patience.

Not only is John a great guy, but also he is an incredibly talented cover illustrator/designer. I could not be more satisfied with the outcome or our working relationship!

Deb Elliott

Sue Shigemitsu
November 7, 2022, Sue was John’s client

This was my first time working with a cover illustrator and I am glad I found John. He was patient working with a novice author like me and took the time to get the details for what I was looking for. I had a general idea at the time of what I wanted, but somehow he executed them amazingly. I was very impressed with his professionalism and eye for details. I loved the work he did and what he had brought to life with his skills. Thank you, John!

Kristina Eklund
February 27, 2022, Kristina worked with John.

I had the pleasure of working with John in 2021 when he illustrated 'Greeky Freak.' He is extremely talented. It was amazing to see him bring my book to life. He is kind, professional and a joy to work with!!!


John was wonderful to work with in all aspects. We needed a cover art piece designed for a film, and we had limited time and lots of specifics. John was incredibly responsive, practiced great communication, punctual on all timelines, and friendly and easy to work with. A true pro and we are thrilled with the art he made for us.

Brantley Sydnor
Executive Assistant at TRAVIS RICE
John was Brantley’s client
December 17, 2021


John is a very talented artist and a pleasure to work with. My wife and I cannot say enough to express how impressed we are with his work, professionalism, and, most importantly, patience. The interaction between author and artist can often be a harrowing journey, but John was very patient and went above and beyond to do whatever it took to transfer the crazy scenes in my head into a wonderful book cover. We love what he produced for us and cannot wait to work with him on the second installment of the series. Thank you, John!

E.L Seer
Author of Ethan Fox Books
August 3, 2021


John provided illustrations for my book, Anchored, being published December 2020. He immediately became very interested in my project. John brought expertise to the table that elevated my project along with recommendations and a very professional interaction.

My illustrations are far better than imagined and I believe they are the piece that will tip the scale for the reader.

I recommend him without reservation.

Janice R Hunt
December 2, 2020


I cannot recommend John highly enough. I was looking for someone to produce 30 x caricatures as part of a leaving gift for a group of students who were unable to graduate as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Not only did John offer his services he was willing to give up his time and expertise free of charge on the condition that a donation be made to support our national health service here in the UK. I was blown away by John’s generosity but even more so by the quality of the artwork John was able to produce even from low resolution images.
Even though John offered to produce these for free he did not compromise on the detail or quality. John was able to capture a true likeness of each pupil in full colour.
Communication was perfect and all work was produced well ahead of schedule.
If you are looking for someone to produce detailed caricatures then look no further.

Craig Gillon
Assistant Curriculum Leader of Mathematics at St Bede's catholic high school ormskirk

May 5, 2020, Craig was a client of John’s


John was very easy to work with. He illustrated my children's book in a timely fashion and was always quick to respond. He communicates clearly and professionally.

Kristin Anderson
worked with John on her first children's book "Find Those Iggies" 2014.


I've known John for over 24 years. He is a talented artist with a vision beyond anything I could understand. I have had several occasions to view his artwork and have always been impressed with his work and vision. He is also a top notch individual who I trust completely.

Donald VanDeusen


John is an excellent cover artist, his creativeness and ability to conceptualize the subject matter is second to none. John has produced more than ten book covers for me and will continue as my cover artist when new books come out.
If you need a book cover - John is the person to talk too, you won't be disappointed.

Trace Hunter
Author, Writer at Time Work Books

July 3, 2014, John worked with Trace in the same group.


I've known John for almost 20 years and have worked with him on several projects. His work is top-notch and meticulous. He is easily one of the best graphic artists/illustrators I have ever known. I would highly recommend John for any project.

William M. Alexander 2009

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Book Cover IllustrationChildren's Book Illustratorpolitical satirePortraitureCaricaturesRealistic Illustrator

Software proficiency

Clip Studio Paint
Clip Studio Paint


    • Movie
      Snake Milkers Movie Poster
    • Year
    • Role
      Illustrator for the movie poster
    • Company
      Travis Rice Productions
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