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New content and layout at emeraldsong Tumblr

There are some amazing artists showing their sketchbooks online, on Instagram, Pinterest, DeviantArt and so on. For a number of years I’ve been using a Tumblr platform for this and have just overhauled the design to show more images and offer visitors more to explore! Most recently I’ve started doing some colour digital painting practice, and I’ll continue to add more experimental and whimsical content over there as it emerges.

Visit emeraldsong.tumblr.com for sketches, designs and doodles!

Animation arrives at emeraldsong.com!!

I’ve created an animation section for this website, bringing my moving image work alongside my comics and illustration galleries here. While I’ll use Tumblr, DeviantArt and Vimeo to post sketches, studies, breakdowns and other “making of” material, emeraldsong.com will collate finished work. (Buttons in the right sidebar link to emeraldsong’s presence on these platforms. Facebook and Twitter accounts, too!)

The featured image with this post is from Renewal, a short film that I, together with four other hardworking filmmakers, completed in the Spring. I’ve been very busy this year with many projects including Renewal, and I’m pleased to be showcasing them here at last!

Check out some short films in the animation section!

comics arrive at emeraldsong.com!!

It’s been a “back burner” project for the last year, but two-pager Malice/Aria, my anthology contribution of last summer, is now coloured and available to read online! Accompanying it, to round out the new section, is The Meditation on the Sacred Utterances, an intriguing monochrome work. Click here to read.

Comic by Elena Jessup and Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson
Comic by Elena Jessup and Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson

Short animated film “Skyleigh TRANSFORM!!”

[UPDATE: Skyleigh TRANSFORM!! REDUX is now up. This is a newer version with improved animation, effects, and other areas of polish. ~14/11/2016]

I’ve made a short film as a final project while studying and practising 3D animation at Bournemouth University over the last year.

Motivating me to make this film were the ideas of taking the “transformation sequence” as a template and creating a hero  that a young non-white female viewer might feel excited about as a positive representation of “someone like me” on screen. Acknowledging that this was a very personal project, my initial aim was to keep the animation length to about 15 seconds, to counteract the risk I was taking on in tackling all the stages of end-to-end production myself.

Preparations made during pre-production included analysing a number of “magical girl” anime for common themes, visual motifs, and camera and editing styles. Based on this research, and with the design of the hero being refined, I made the following animatic:

During production it became clear that the final film would be more than twice the length of the animatic, especially when motion captured animation turned out to last tens of seconds for just one shot! I made many difficult decisions, including that to simplify the character design, so the final film doesn’t feature the skirt and accessories that were intended to emphasise the arcs and rotations of hero Skyleigh during the sequence.



Perhaps what I’m most pleased with in the production is how the care taken with the ZBrush sculpt paid off, with animated Skyleigh looking like a compelling, living and breathing character. It’s deceptively difficult to get a cartoon human looking appealing rather than creepy, and I made a lot of effort to study the best 3D examples, gather valued feedback from tutors and classmates, and iterate on the design and model.

I hope this is just the beginning of making more interesting 3D projects, and exploring further what can be accomplished with the powerful software tools I’ve put to use.


Published in “How to Draw Manga Made Easy”

I’ve moved house lately so, although it was published on 15th May, it was earlier this month that I collected my artist’s copy of How to Draw Manga Made Easy. Last December I had the opportunity to submit some content toward this volume: pieces of artwork and sequential descriptions and images to explain tho process of making each of them. A fantastic list of artists who have decades of professional experience feature in the line-up among the pages here! Continue reading Published in “How to Draw Manga Made Easy”

Short story, “The Meditation on the Sacred Utterances” in anthology, “Wu Wei”

From Andy Oliver of Broken Frontier:

You can be reading Elena Jessup and Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson’s beautifully illustrated meditative 4-pager one moment only to find yourself engrossed in the wonderfully self-indulgent ludicrousness of John Riordan’s potato-themed recasting of Buddha in ‘Meditato’s Guide to Spuddhism’ just a few pages later.

~Wu Wei: A Spiritual Comics Anthology (8/8/2013)