The latest stroke of genius from the folks at the Virginian-Pilot: A coloring page.
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The instructions say:
The Daily Break encourages you to spend a lazy weekend coloring this page drawn by our own Sam Hundley. You may use crayons or colored pencils. Send your finished work to us. The most creative interpretation will be published in The Daily Break. Also, the top two vote-getters will receive a Crayola coloring kit like nothing you ever had as a preschooler.
Send the page, which also can be downloaded on HamptonRoads.com, to The Virginian-Pilot, attention Daily Break coloring contest, 150 W. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk VA 23510. Include your name, city, age, occupation and contact information. Deadline is Aug. 3. Oh, the most important rule: Relax while you color your heart out.
Sam tells us:
The concept was by features editor, Jamesetta Walker. I did the line drawing in a shift — couldn’t come up with anything better than butterfly people and flowers!
Drew it in pieces on pulpy paper towels to get that bleed effect – to conceal my lack of control and skill! Blew the drawings up 150 percent and kinda built the page.
First all black-and-white page in forever. We’ll see how many entries we get.
My favorite touch is actually below the coloring feature: Sam also drew Jamesetta’s mug shot for her column stripped across the bottom of the page:
Average daily circulation for the Virginian-Pilot is 142,476.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Sam started his newspaper career as a staff artist for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and moved to the Virginian-Pilot in 1981.
In 1990, Sam moved to the San Jose Mercury News where he was named design director of features, but then returned to the Pilot in 1994.
He’s also the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
Previous posts about Sam and his work at the Pilot:
- July 6, 2015: You may not have seen Saturday’s most interesting Independence Day front page
- Sept. 11, 2014: The three best 9/11 anniversary front pages ever
- May 26, 2014: The day’s best Memorial Day front page
- July 4, 2013: The one Fourth of July page you really need to see
- June 11, 2013: An important historical anniversary observed, Sam Hundley style
- Jan. 29, 2013: The magical properties of a clever illustration
- Jan. 8, 2013: When illustrating a controversial topic, it helps to have a real, live visual journalism superhero on staff
- Sept. 26, 2012: A look at the illustrations for the Virginian-Pilot’s NASA history series
- Sept. 24, 2011: Newsstand alert: Check out the new National Geographic
- Sept. 21, 2011: Behind those watercolor illustrations in the Virginian-Pilot this week
- Dec. 18, 2010: A wacky pre-Christmas illustration in the Virginian-Pilot