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“Jess and I collaborated on an illustration project over a few months, where she was a talented artist and great friend to work with. I was impressed by her speed at completing artworks and at learning new software tricks. She has a broad and thorough knowledge of animation culture. Every detail she designs has a purpose or meaning, from choice of shapes, colours and outfits to matching character traits and behaviours – all aspects of her work are intricately intwined and researched. Her leadership and management skills particularly also stood out to me, as she maintained a focus on the direction and time management of the project and kept tabs on what other members were tasked with as well as her own tasks.” – Lowenna Clemence


“Jess did an amazing drawing of a picture of me and my girlfriend. The picture is very dear to me with lots of sentimental value and Jess made it even more lovely with her skillz 😌.
Thanks heaps Jess 🤗” – Sahib Buland


Two years ago I went to Spain to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It was almost 900km of walking and undoubtedly one of the most special moments of my life. Right in the early days of the pilgrimage I met a girl of only 24 years old who traveled to Spain on her own to also make this walk and get to know herself better. This brave and adventurous woman was Jessica. We walked together for almost 30 days and she never gave in to pain, tiredness or moodiness. Jessica always had a good advice, a kind word, an ability to listen with love and attention, and a unique and special sensitivity. At the end of those days I earned more than a friend, I gained a sister that I respect and admire the most.  – Adriana Xavier 


“Jessica is creative, focused, artistic, hard working and multi-lingual. She authored, illustrated and published her first fiction novel at 21 years old and has an international tertiary education in the Arts. I recommend her as an asset to any team.” – Nicole Charles


“Apart from her mentor and predecessor, Jess is probably one of Australia’s foremost active hands in bringing global auteur animation to Australia and assisting in showcasing our local and national talent. She also doesn’t like her food touching other food on her plate, showing she does not play by anyone’s rules. Not even her own.” – Annie Murray


“Yes!!! Love them [Art Prints]. Have to frame them soon.They’re on a shelf to show off in our sunroom off the kitchen” – Grace Snider



ENG/ “Jessica has revealed herself as a great artist and a wonderful person. I am lucky to enjoy a precious work of hers in my supportive project. A logo made with love and for a good cause, of a magnificent artistic quality that everyone who sees it likes. And as a person, I can only speak good things about someone who is wholehearted and of an enviable inner strength.” Javi Andrés

ESP/ “Jessica se ha revelado como una gran artista y una maravillosa persona. Tengo la suerte de disfrutar de un precioso trabajo suyo en mi proyecto solidario. Un logotipo hecho con cariño y para una causa solidaria, de una calidad artística magnífica que gusta a todo el que lo ve. Y como persona, solo puedo hablar cosas buenas de alguien que es todo corazón y de una fuerza interior envidiable.” – Javi Andrés


I first met Jess at the 2015 MIAF (Melbourne International Animation Festival) and because of our similar interest in the creative arts, we jammed in sync and is one of the main reasons we each other friends and fellow artists.

Her dedication to help run MIAF, astute knowledge of the animation industry, studying her Masters in Fine Arts and always churning her side-hustle made me realise just how passionate and dedicated she is in her craft and how each passing year I find her to one-up herself in animation and character design.

I can’t wait to see how she progresses in the next couple of years and make waves for herself. – Daniel Marroquín


ENG/ “Jessica, there is nothing to say. You’re a great artist that everyone knows.” Custodia Ortiz Liñan

ESP/ “Jessica no hay nada qué decir eres una gran artista que lo sepa todo el mundo” – Custodia Ortiz Liñan

Backgrounds & Landscapes

Background designs and Observational Landscapes

About Me

Who is Jess? – Click to view ‘CV

My name is Jessica McLeod-Yu and I am a Story Teller and 2D animator from Sydney, Australia. I am a chill and adventurous person who loves to draw and create. I am especially passionate about telling stories that uplift people. My hobbies include traveling and dancing. I’m known for my blue and pink hair and punk-rock fashion.

Online, I go by the name Rocket-Child, or rocket1111child and can be found sharing my art and inspiration of various social media sites, such as: DeviantArt, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


I graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Diploma of Languages (2015) , and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2016). I am currently doing my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), where I am writing a thesis on how the medium of animation can be used to portray internal states. I am also animating a shot film called “Awake”, which is about a kid’s emotional journey going through and over coming depression.

I call myself a story teller, because I am skilled in a variety of disciplines.  I animate, storyboard, script write, and illustrate. I  have also written and self-published my own fantasy novel called “The Wish Bringer”. Please refer to the Portfolio tab of this website to see my pervious work and history.

Freelance Artist, 2008 – Present

  • Wedding Table Numbers, 2018
  • “Conspirituality” animated segments for short film, 2018 – Current
  • “Morning Morning” animated music video, 4 minutes, 2017
  • Amputee Awareness Animation, 30 seconds, 2017
  • 21st Birthday portrait, 2017
  • Banner Design – Stress less week, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2016
  • Coffee Cup Design – Pride Week, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2016
  • Illustrations, Yak Magazine, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2016
  • NUBUG animation – University of Newcastle, Australia, 2016
  • Adventures of Norge – Episode 2, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2016
  • Illustrations, Opus Magazine, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2015
  • Illustration, political magazine Politics Made Public, UK
  • Adventures of Norge – Episode 1, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Animated run cycle, Lazorewka Studio, Russia
  • Self published fantasy novel: The Wish Bringer,

Group Exhibitions

  • “Conditions of Being Human”, Watt Space Gallery, University of Newcastle, 2016
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Grad Show, Watt Space Gallery, University of Newcastle,2016
  • Finalist – Brenda Clouten Memorial Traveling Scholarship, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2016
  • Prize Winner – “Do I know you?” Student Art Prize, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, 2016
  • 2nd place, media division – Reslife Artshow, The University Gallery, University of Newcastle, 2016
  • Collaboration – Moon Animate Make-up Episode 2, 2016
  • 2nd place – ICC Artshow, The University Gallery, University of Newcastle, 2015
  • Artist in Residence, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, 2013
  • Sketchbooks of Rome, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, 2013
  • A force of habit, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, 2013
  • Kindred, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, 2012
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show, 2007 – 2010

Solo exhibitions

  • Stall holder – Book Expo Australia, 2014
  • Stall holder – Smash; Sydney Manga and Anime Show, 2014
  • “The Wish Bringer” Book opening, 2014
  • Stall holder – Sydney Animania Festival, 2008 – 2010


I am also the Assistant Director at the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF).  My role is mostly administrative, which involves marketing via social media,  writing up schedules and run sheets for the conference and festival, and liaising with the guests attending the festivals, and more. As a representative of MIAF, I also attended the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hang Zhou, China, where I presented a speech at the Hang Zhou Summit about “Balancing The Social & Economic Benefits While Running A Festival” in April, and in May I was invited to the Australian International Animation Festival as a guest speaker to speak on the panel about animation in Australia.


Newcastle Herald

University of Newcastle, Student Highlight 

Interview on 3CR about the Melbourne International Animation Festival 2017

Interview with Sheshot TV about women animators –  link

http://Chinese International Cartoon & Animation Festival – Speaker

AWAKE animation


||Digital Hand Drawn || Animated Film || 4’13” || 2018 || FILM || TRAILER

AWAKE is a 5 minute hand drawn animated documentary about the emotional journey of a kid experiencing and pulling though depression.

Directed: Jessica McLeod-Yu



*Nangyang Technological University, Singapore, October 2017
*Best of MIAF Shepparton, October 2017*Newcastle International Animation Festival, September 2017

*Independence Celebration for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, August 2017

*Melbourne International Animation Festival, June 2017

*Australian International Animation Festival, April 2017

*Watt Space Art Gallery, Newcastle, November 2017

*Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, November – February 2017


Light Fortress

||Digital Hand Drawn || Animated Film || 4’13” || 2018 || FILM || TRAILER

A visual feast densely pact with colours and textures that blends abstract imagery with music.



Directed: Jessica McLeod-Yu

Music: Morning Morning