Recently got to talk with KIDLIT411 about my book making process, creating Surf's Up! with Kwame Alexander and some new projects I have coming up. Check it out. There's also a chance to win a free copy of Surf's Up! and a backpack.
Sat down with the amazing Matthew Winner and talked books on his Let's Get Busy podcast. We covered, Float, my new book with Kwame Alexander- Surf's Up, and the book making process. It was a blast! Hit up the link below to give it a listen.
I recently had the opportunity to talk picture books, my creative process and of course breakfast with Julie Danielson at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. I can't thank her enough for the chance to share! It was a lot of fun. Check out the link below to read the interview.
A little boy takes a boat made of newspaper out for a rainy-day adventure. The boy and his boat dance in the downpour and play in the puddles, but when the boy sends his boat floating down a gutter stream, it quickly gets away from him.
So of course the little boy goes on the hunt for his beloved boat—and when the rain lets up, he finds himself on a new adventure altogether.
Some nice things people have said about it:
"Lovely and life-affirming." – Kirkus Reviews
"A visual pleasure." – School Library Journal ★ STARRED REVIEW
"Absolutely stunning." – Ingram’s News & Reviews for the Youth Librarian
"A visual tale of a small moment made spectacular in the eyes of a child." – Horn Book ★ STARRED REVIEW
"Skilled draftsmanship and smart pacing distinguish Miyares’s visual storytelling...It’s a moment of childhood captured in multiple dimensions."
– Publishers Weekly
"This will likely become a repeat favorite, particularly for little ones still learning to read on their own." – Booklist
I have a new collection of shirts and rompers out now for Hallmarkbaby.com. It's called Sam's Ocean, after my 3 year old son. I looked to his fearless jump first think about it later personality for inspiration. I wanted to make some things that he would have fun with and get excited about.
If you have a little one in your life and want to get your hands on some of these click here.
I recently had the opportunity to work on a cover illustration for the New York Times Business Section. Can't thank Art Director Minh Uong and Illustrator Jamey Christoph enough for the assignment! I had a great time with it.
The article is about Wallstreet investors looking to the Chinese market for new opportunity during the real estate market crash of the mid 2000's. What they found was an exciting new property developer named Kaisa that as it turns out was too good to be true.
Read it here.
Included is the final painting as well as the sketch we went with.
Recently returned from a visit to Ringling College of Art and Design. We opened a show of my illustration work at the Madeby Gallery on campus there and I also got to give a talk about my journey into kid's literature to the students and faculty. Huge thank you to the Madeby Gallery and RCAD's office of career services for everything. It was wonderful to be back on campus and to see everyone! What an inspiring community!
You are invited!
Announcing madeby Gallery's Opening Night
Meet Alumnus/Simon & Schuster's Author/Illustrator
Friday, February 6, 2015
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Daniel will autograph his children's book "Pardon Me!", for you.
- The Wall Street Journal
Enjoy refreshments and DJ entertainment.
Daniel Miyares, Alumnus Illustration 2002
Daniel Miyares is an author and illustrator of stories for children.
He grew up in the foothills of South Carolina before studying at Ringling College of Art and Design. After graduating with a BFA in Illustration, he headed west to Kansas City where he now lives with his wife and their two children.
Since then he has collaborated with a number of clients including Hallmark Cards, Inc., Simon & Schuster, Charlesbridge Publishing, Imagine Books, National Geographic, Spider Magazine, Ladybug Magazine, and the Kansas City Star.
Illustrator and Author!
Daniel has illustrated the books "Bambino and Mr. Twain" and "Waking Up Is Hard To Do". Daniel's book "Pardon Me!" was the first book he had authored and illustrated together. Daniel is authoring and illustrating a second book called "Float" which will soon be released.
All of Miyares' artwork will be available for purchase through March 2, 2015.
madeby is located in the heART of the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, first floor of the Ulla Searing Student Center.
madeby Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
A few months ago I began a new series of illustrations on my Instagram feed. The series is called That Neighbor Kid. It started as simply a way for me to explore a visual story about a reoccurring character. Since then though, it’s turned into something else entirely.
With each installment I’m trying to tap into those moments from my childhood that for one reason or another clung to my psyche. Not all of it is joyful or endearing, but I think that’s ok. I have children about the age of that neighbor kid now, and they remind me what it’s like to go through those moments for the first time. I had forgotten what it was like to have to make friends at a new school until my daughter went through it in the fall, or how special going to pick out the Christmas tree can be.
I’ve discovered that when I share those moments out with the world, they take other people back to those places too. That’s been really unexpected and rewarding. I’ve heard some fantastic stories from folks so far. I’m so thankful for everyone who has tuned in and is following along with me. It’s the conversations that have helped me understand where That Neighbor Kid should go next. Telling a story as a community makes me happy.
A few nights ago my three year old son was so tired that he couldn't go to sleep or be a civilized member of society. It was as if he was half human and half beast. I swear he had super human strength. It got so ridiculous that we had to take him for a ride in the car until he conked out. Haven't done that since he was an infant.
I did realize a couple of things though. One, I'm getting too old for this (bleep) and two, I really do admire how he doesn't want to miss a second of anything. I think he feels like sleep is an inconvenience. I hope he holds on to that passion as he grows up.
The print I did for HMK 1910 was chosen to be in this year's AIGA KC design exhibition! The gala is coming up this month. So excited to see all the work together! If you'd like to attend you can get info and tickets here. It's supposed to be a pretty sweet soiree.
I have to admit, awhile back I had Winter Olympic fever. Me and a bud did some sketches based on the games. Here's a couple of mine.
I got to do the cover for the current issue of Spider Magazine. I always have a good time on their assignments. They're fairly open and I loved the magazine as a kid! Thanks to my partners at Studio Goodwin Sturges and Sue Beck for the opportunity.
We had an awesome time kicking off the sale of my new book Pardon Me!. Many many thanks to Pete and Deb from the Reading Reptile for being such wonderful hosts. So grateful for everyone that showed up including all the kiddos. I hope you're enjoying your new books!
It's Father's Day and I'm about to enter into my sixth year of dad-dom. I had to take special note this year, because I received my very first Father's Day tie. My two year old son made this puppy for me. He was incredibly proud of it, so I am too. It also should be mentioned that my sweet daughter completed a Super-Daddy questionnaire in which she states that if I were a super hero I would in fact be Batman and my favorite food is hotdogs... Love my kids.
If you’re old enough to read this but young enough to believe in the Easter Bunny, SPOILER ALERT!
This year both of my children were pumped that the Easter Bunny was going to stop by the house and hopefully leave some goodies. So, Saturday night after the little ones conked out I snuck downstairs to retrieve the baskets my wife had assembled. She got some great felt baskets and a moderate amount of treats. We did well. Didn’t over do it. Didn’t under do it.
Easter morning came. The kids got up at the crack of dawn to collect their spoils. As I looked on through the lens of my camera I thought, “Man I sure would like one of those chocolate eggs and a few of those jelly beans would hit the spot right now.” I quickly corrected myself, “No, those are for the kids. The Easter Bunny left that especially for them.”
The day rolled on and by mid afternoon I was a rabbit’s whisker away from dipping into the kid’s baskets and gettin’ my candy fix. Just then, my wife walks into the kitchen with a piece of chocolate in her mouth. Flabbergasted I ask her, “ Where did you get that?” I thought I busted her. And her response (with a wink), “The Easter Bunny left some for mommy and daddy too.” At least that was going to be our story if the kids inquired.
So in the end, we manufactured not one but two fairly elaborate and bold faced lies all in an effort to rationalize the consumption of large amounts of sweets.
A recent review of Pardon Me! from Publishers Weekly:
Miyares (Bambino and Mr. Twain), in his first outing as both author and artist, follows in the footsteps of Jon Klassen, dispatching an obnoxious protagonist via the food chain. A tiny, crabby parrot settles contentedly on a smooth rise in the middle of a swamp. But then an egret lands, too, with a “Pardon me” (“Well, I suppose I can’t stop you,” the parrot snaps). A frog jumps on, a turtle joins them, then a fox yells from shore, “Pardon me, but you’re sitting on a...” This is one interruption too many; the parrot, narrow-eyed with rage, blows a gasket: “Now leave me alone!” Everybody clears out, and the full import of the fox’s words becomes clear as an alligator’s eyes rise above the water. A page turn delivers the kicker (“Burp!”), after which the alligator slyly looks out at readers with a polite, “Pardon me.” Digital media techniques allow Miyares to produce fine textures for feathers, fur, and the parrot’s wrinkly eyes, but the greatest impact comes from the electric colors and tight, exciting close-ups. A winning, mischievous read- aloud. Ages 4–8. Agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/07/2014
Release date: 06/17/2014
I did this for a really inspiring young man named Mitchell