Matthew Lorey knows about detail. And determination.
The 10-year-old Glenville boy’s neat, color-packed rendition of Santa Claus’ sleigh has been judged the top entry in The Gazette Newspapers’ 2013 "Christmas Coloring Contest." Four hundred and twenty-nine young Crayola fans, working with crayons, colored pencils and markers, entered the holiday exercise.
“I’ve never really won anything in the coloring contest before,” said Matthew, the son of Susan and Scott Lorey.
Young Lorey was disappointed he didn’t win the 2012 competition, which featured an illustration of Santa waving from a train locomotive. He chose his colors for 2013 — plenty of deep red and purple and shades of cobalt and midnight blue — and gave the project an artist’s attention.
“I sat at my kitchen table for about 3 1/2 hours straight working on it,” Lorey said.
The investment paid off. The fifth-grade student at Scotia-Glenville’s Glen-Worden Elementary School took the black-and-white printed drawing of Santa’s loaded sleigh and brought it to life.
Lorey used markers, and decided to give a teddy bear two shades of blue. His blond-haired doll has blue and black eyes and is dressed in crimson and green. Gifts spilling out from Santa’s toy bags are wrapped in red and purple and topped with yellow, blue and pink bows.
The sleigh itself is red and green, with “Santa Claus” written in green in the front — complete with ornate “SC” initials. Lorey’s Christmas Eve sky is midnight blue, brightened by seven yellow stars.
“I tried to use a variation of colors,” Lorey said, adding he has used single colors for some projects. “It doesn’t look as nice because it’s the same color,” he said. “I thought if I used more colors, it would look better.”
He added that coloring is not a full-time passion.
“I play baseball, basketball and soccer,” he said. “That’s why I color mostly in the summer.”
Susan Lorey said her oldest child has drawn and colored since his younger childhood days. She said he worked hard on details; Matthew printed “Tonka” on the toy truck in the sleigh and installed a blue “river” that runs from a mountain in the background to the terrain below.
Lorey’s patience and color palette have won him the top prize of four tickets to see “Dinosaur Train — LIVE!” at Proctors in Schenectady on Feb. 7. Twenty-five semifinalists will receive two movie passes for upcoming films at Proctors.
Lorey said he will take his sister Morgan, 7, and brother Michael, 2, to the show. “It’s more for their age group,” he said of the dinosaur adventure. “And they like that show on TV.”
The fourth ticket will go to a parental chaperone. “I think probably my Mom,” Lorey said.
There will be no arguments from Scott Lorey.
“That sounds good to me,” he said. “I think I’ll get over it.”
Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.