Daniel Powers

Daniel Powers

Daniel Powers

  • B.F.A., Ohio University
  • M.F.A., Marywood University
First year at SCAD:

"I was a freelance illustrator for nearly 15 years with no formal training as an artist. It was difficult making my way in such a competitive industry. Late in my career I completed an M.F.A. in illustration and, after some gentle prodding from my graduate advisers, began teaching. Now it means a lot to me to be able to assist burgeoning illustrators learn the ropes, and to help them avoid the pitfalls I happened into myself. I love contributing to the development of the skills and know-how in my students that I struggled so long to acquire myself."


Published more than 20 children's books and magazines; enjoyed teaching art to all ages for more than 16 years in seven states and three countries

Awards, recognition and honors

Merit Award, 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 7; SCAD Presidential Fellowship for Professional Development; University of Minnesota Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship, First Award at New Mexico Watercolor Society's Juried Fall Exhibition; Silver Award for Excellence in Visual Communication; "Jiro's Pearl" featured by Sybille Jagusch, Chief of the Library of Congress, C-SPAN, Book TV on "Sea to Shining Sea";"Jiro's Pearl" selected "Pick of the List" by the American Booksellers Association


Authors Guild, College Art Association, Georgia Watercolor Society, Graphic Artists Guild, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Publications and presentations



  • "Breakfast Time"
  • "Diving"
  • "From the Land of the White Birch"
  • "Henrietta"
  • "Jiro's Pearl"
  • "The Money Bag"


  • "Drawing Back the Curtain: Illustrating Nonfiction Picture Books," Savannah Children's Book Festival
  • "Drawing Back the Curtain: Illustrating Nonfiction Picture Books," Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival
  • "Visual Literacy and the Picture Book: An Illustrator's Perspective," Pass It On!, The International Reading Association's Southwest Regional Conference
  • 25th Annual New Mexico International Reading Association's State Conference "Picture Book ABCs and the Question of Visual Literacy," Baltimore Museum of Art's Winter Conference on Children's Books

Previous Positions

Instructor, Art Center of Battle Creek and Hardwood Art Center; Guest lecturer, Lees-McRae College, Parsons School of Design, Sachmo Centro de Arte/Oaxaca, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, University of Findlay, University of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, Vermont College

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • DRAW 341 Travel Portfolio
  • ILLU 200 Drawing and Design for Illustrators
  • ILLU 205 Materials and Techniques for Illustrators I
  • ILLU 217 Editorial Illustration I
  • ILLU 305 Children's Book Illustration
  • ILLU 306 Book Illustration
  • ILLU 337 Watercolor for the Illustrator
  • ILLU 409 Illustration Self-Promotion
  • ILLU 721 Illustration Techniques II
  • ILLU 790 Illustration M.F.A. Thesis