John Colquhoun is a humorous illustrator and character designer whose work has been featured in ads and on tv and online for clients like American Express, Aflac, Outback Steakhouse, and Planters Nuts. He has also designed animated campaigns for Little Caesars Pizza, Ray Ban, US Bank, University of California at Santa Barbara and characters for US Bank and Little Caesars (Pizza! Pizza!)
John grew up on Long Island (Massapequa) earning a BFA in Advertising/Design at New York Institute of Technology. He worked for many years as an Art Director/Creative Director in Manhattan, winning many industry awards at agencies like Cliff Freeman and Partners, Ogilvy and BBDO.
In his work as an Art Director, John was able to work with many illustrators and animators he has long admired (Sandy Kossin, R.O. Blechman, Robert Weber, David Levine, J.J. Sedelmaier, Mike Lester) as well as create his own illustrations for agency clients and outside freelance gigs. Among his many advertising achievements: landing on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy, working with fellow Massapequan Jerry Seinfeld for American Express and filming giraffes and penguins in South Africa for Planters Nuts.
In 2018, John and fellow ex-adman Andy Landorf created the comic strip “The New 60” https://www.thenew60comic.com/ The comic, about the joys and frustrations of getting older in a changing world, has been featured in stories in the NY Post, the Next Avenue, Westchester magazine and AARP Now.
When he isn’t working on illustration assignments, he enjoys playing tennis, adding to his collection of political memorabilia and watching English football on tv.
He currently lives and works in Hillsdale, NY.