El Dorado artist Amboo Ploy has been through many changes with his art.
After drawing and painting for years, he gave it up due to declining eye sight last year and decided to focus on his music. Then discovering he needed cataract surgery led him to regain enough sight to be able to take up his art again.
While he can’t paint small things anymore, he has found a new way to focus his energies.
Ploy has begun drawings personalized coloring books for children. He came up with the idea after drawing some coloring pages for the Walnut River Festival in El Dorado. He gave the originals to a friend of his in Oklahoma and his friend’s granddaughter wanted more.
“I started drawing them and I personalized them with her name on them,” he said.
To personalize them even more, he called his friend and asked him 10 things about his granddaughter they relate with and drew pages based on those things.
“They are turning out to be a keepsake for mothers or grandmothers,” he said.
Now he is making them for others.
The first page has a place for the child’s name and date of birth. Then he includes four personalized pages based on things they like, as well as three holiday pages.
“It’s sort of a neat little drawing exercise for me,” he said.
While he has been drawing coloring pages for years, he had not personalized them before.
This also gives him the opportunity to draw things he never has before. One unique one included Noah’s Ark. He also has drawn a pizza, which was an unusual page.
“It’s so enjoyable and fun to do, it doesn’t take any time at all,” he said.
It takes him about two hours to put one packet together.
“This might be the first time they have colored or been introduced to art,” Ploy said. “I think it’s a cool little keepsake.”
He has coloring pages in dentists’ offices, a barber shop and two beauty shops now. He has made several for people in the area, including one for a friend in California.
He is creating a big three-foot by four-foot coloring page for a community coloring project, which will be on display at Art Room 114 during an exhibit which he is part of in December.
Anyone wanting to order a coloring book can call 316-390-8695.
Page 2 of 2 - Julie Clements can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.