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Characters, doodles, sketches
Just playing around mostly.
Greeting cards, gifts
A new venture.
Sundry and various fun from my time at the Times.
Logos, icons & labels
The top 3 sets were created for the Sydney Olympics and the extensive coverage in The Seattle Times.
Old cartoon style
On a few projects I've been able to indulge in my love for the expressive cartooning style of the 20's and 30's. There is something in drawing all those round, rhythmic shapes makes me happy for the whole day.
For The Seattle Times.
From a series of portraits for The Seattle Times. Rapidly done in soft vine charcoal.
From my books "Oliver and his Alligator" and "Oliver and his Egg", both published by Disney/Hyperion.
In "Oliver and his Alligator", a quiet, sensitive boy, filled with trepidation regarding his first day of school, decides to bring an imaginary protector along. Just in case things get rough.
The book received a starred review from the notoriously formidable Kirkus Reviews, and was called one of the Best Books of the Year by Bank Street Books in New York City.
My favorite response came from teacher Kate Sullivan, who wrote: "Best part of my 1st day: the looks on 17 first grade faces when they realized what happens when Oliver says 'Munch, munch.'"
The Wonder Book
A few of my many illustrations for "The Wonder Book" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, published by HarperCollins.
The manuscript was a diverse collection of wordplay, poems, palindromes, wit and wisdom. It was my task to pull it all together, so I was given complete freedom to concept the images for this delightful but capricious collection of text. For the top illustration I had only the word "Twosday" to work from.
Illustrations from my books "A Pet for Petunia" and "Petunia Goes Wild", published by HarperCollins.
The fantastic Mr. Schu had this to say about Petunia:
"I have read 1831 books during 2011. If you asked me to name every title, I couldn’t. If you asked me to name the picture book I have recommended to the most kids during 2011, the answer would spring from my mouth in one billionth of a second: A PET FOR PETUNIA. Paul Schmid deserves one of my paychecks, because he makes my job easier. Whenever I find Petunia in the book drop, I dance around the library singing its praises to anyone who will listen."
"...matches a charming girl named Petunia with a thoroughly inappropriate pet..." quoth The New York Times.
Peanut and Fifi
A wonderful book written by Randall de Seve, published by Penguin/Dial. It received a starred review from the School Library Journal.
BookList wrote: "Much of this book’s charm lies in the spare illustrations of the girls, rendered as broad black strokes in geometric shapes ... and accented by a blue, green, and peach color palette. The backgrounds are plain and the pages creamy, which allow the characters to pop—up until the lovely, fully saturated final spread."
From my book published by HarperCollins, receiving a starred review from the School Library Journal, and on which Publishers Weekly commented: "Schmid possesses the ability to draw irresistible characters…"
Pulp novel spot art
I've long admired the illustrations created for the pulp novels of the 1930's, Cheap printing and rough paper compelled the artists to favor simple, dynamic shapes. I was thrilled when asked to illustrate a modern mystery fiction series in Pacific Northwest Magazine.