Simbie Yau

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I want to do more exploring using photography and drawings. Love to take pictures of my food before eating if it looks good, yeah I am one of those people ;)

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Giant Panda Doodle


Giant Panda are no longer considered an endangered species. Here is a Giant Panda doodle to celebrate the growth of their population. 

My process starts with the drawing and block shades of colour using copic markers. 


Highlights are marked using White Opaque Watercolours and then I use fine liners to outline the shapes to make the him stand out against all that grey. 


Then the rest is done by doodling using White Gel pens and varying thickness of fine liners. 


Even though the Giant Panda are no longer endangered, they are still very vulnerable so all efforts should be maintained to bring awareness to these lovely creatures.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

This weeks topic on Illustration Friday is"Punch"

This weeks topic on Illustration Friday is "Punch". I tried something new with this piece by sketching some ideas and looking at Punch and Judy images! Read more into what this puppet show was all about and it weirdly covers domestic violence involving many other characters. Apparently this was suitable for children to watch on the beaches of England from 1662. The aesthetics of these strange puppets interested me and I am trying over come my fear of puppets. 

I started off using copic markers to block in some colour and added some tones. I've used some watercolours in other areas. 

My colour choices are unusually bold but they were fun to use! Punch would definitely stand out from the crowd. 

Next I used Micron fine liners and STAEDTLER coloured pens to add some detail into Punch's clothes. 

I will probably use less bold colours all together in my next doodle. Hopefully he doesn't look too menacing and strike fear into poor Judy's heart. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015


New doodle for this weeks Illustration Friday Topic "Ink"

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Wreath Doodle

Christmas Wreath doodle to get into the festive season. Whilst I was doodling away I wanted to ensure that I included all elements of christmas into the wreath. Merry Christmas everyone :)

Speed up video of the Christmas Wreath doodle (Apologies for my head getting in the way in parts of this video)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Illustration Friday- Wobble

Doodle of a Jellyfish submitted for Illustration Friday with this weeks topic "Wobble".

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints

A month or so ago we went to Koh Samet in Thailand which is not far from Bangkok and is a very popular destination for those who wish to escape the city for the weekend. We stayed there for a few days and thought the island was very overcrowded for how small this island is. Once we managed to find a quiet spot on the beach and away from the crowds, I spent some time doodling this footprint and wanted to use the message "Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints" in my doodle. I feel that it is an important message to maintain wonderful places like Koh Samet and many other islands and every type of natural beauty around the world. Even though I live in Thailand, I still travel around Thailand as a tourist and hopefully with the greatest care and respect of the environment and to leave the place as if I was never there at all. 


This is my Rudolph I doodled last year completed with his big iconic red nose. I used a few new techniques to show some of the shading in his antlers. The original drawing has been left in the UK so I don't have any close up photos some of the details. I hope you can see that I included some holly on his lower jaw. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

From recent events of Pro- Democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong I thought I should show my support with this drawing. The Yellow Umbrella is now a well known symbol of the protesters in Hong Kong which has protected them from tear gas over the last couple of weeks. I've used this symbol and incorporated Hong Kong's skyline and famous landmarks into the Umbrella. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Asian Elephant

I was inspired to do a piece on an Asian Elephant after visiting the Thai Elephants Conservation Centre, Khao Yai with a visiting group to the Big Mountain Outdoor Education Centre, the trip details are on this link. I took a lot of pictures of these beautiful creatures and made a study of them to create this doodle.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Tiger

Just going through some of my old drawings in my sketchbook and decided to post this Tiger doodle to show some more examples of how I use lines to create textures. I used several photos of Tigers and decided to go for the front faced portrait which sort of gives him an eagerness or seriousness to his expression. There are less patterns used but I tired using different ways of making marks by using fineliner pens. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Welcome to Lines and Doodles

Welcome to my new blog Lines and Doodles where I will be featuring my work and to share it online. This was something I wanted to do for quite some time and I've finally got round to it. I thought a new start and a new life in Thailand is a good time to start one. 

My first approach was to submit an illustration for the weekly topic on Illustration Friday, this is a good way to challenge myself and to keep up with a current trend that other illustrators and artist are doing around the world through this website. This weeks topic was "Novelty", please see my previous post for further details. 

My style of work is mainly inks, watercolours and pencils. I use a lot of lines and drawing with accuracy and detail amongst the subject of any piece of illustration I do. I use a lot of patterns and shapes to create a sense of depth too. I just think of any drawing as one big doodle and just hope that the overall affect fits with the drawing. So when I start a piece I do not know how it's going to turn out. I know some artist plan to do things, which of course I do but do not necessarily know how it would look in the end. 

I currently teach Primary Art which is a role that is very new to me, it has surprised me how inspiring working with children is. So I find myself thinking about the projects we are currently working on and thinking of the same topics for my own piece. 

I hope you enjoy my work and follow me for any future illustrations I feature on this blog. 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Illustration Friday - Novelty

I thought I would submit a drawing to Illustration Friday a website I follow quite frequently and this weeks topic is Novelty. The first thing that came to me when I first approached this mini project was the iconic rubber duck. This doodle is not exactly the type of rubber duck that would accompany you well in the bath tube but one which has a new doodle filled twist.