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What do Donald Trump and crayons have in common?
They're the perfect ingredients for a coloring book.
Just ask Oakland-based artist Joey Yang, who has created a coloring book of Donald Trump images that he’s selling to raise money for a legal service that caters to immigrants.
The blind contour drawings of the Trump project began on Facebook, when Yang's friends began urging him to turn his drawings into a coloring book.
“I was taking an art class to work on my drawing," Yang told Fox News Latino. "One of the assignments was to a do a blind contour every day for 10 weeks. I ran out of stuff to draw in my apartment, and I was flipping through FB and saw a photo of Trump with a grimace on his face. I thought this just came out super-dumb looking… so I just kept doing it."
Blind contours are created by drawing a subject without lifting pen from paper or even looking at the work in progress.
Yang estimated it would cost about $1,000 to print the coloring books, so he launched an Indiegogo campaign that would pay for printing and a donation to the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)
“The IIBA is run by people of color, mostly Latino, and I wanted to support them – especially now, as a run-up to the election, people are scrambling to get their citizenship and resources are limited,” Yang said.
In just a single day after Yang’s campaign went live, he doubled his goal of $1,000, and has since netted over $7,000. He plans to continue to print books and believes he’ll be able to give about $5,000 to IIBA.
A statement on Yang's Indiegogo site says: “I made a Donald Trump coloring book. It's badly drawn because I think it reflects his character. I'm raising money to make print copies of the book! 100% of all proceeds benefit the Internationa Institute of the Bay Area, a non-profit that provides high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services to the Bay Area community. Help people who've come to America stay in this country and become American citizens!”
The project resonates with Yang on many levels.
“I’ve seen a lot of projects this election cycle that have taken the absurdity and turned it into something good," Yang said. "My parents are immigrants, from Singapore and Taiwan.This is a personal issue for me."