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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal out now

Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal

My first ever book “Naturama”,written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by me, came out last year and has been a wonderful success.  It’s published by the fabulous Gill Books and is all about Ireland’s wildlife. My hope was that inspires children to get outside with their wellies and binoculars and learn all about nature…and from all reports it has.

And now, there is a beautiful follow on, My Naturama Nature Journal, which has projects for children to do outside and field guide notes sections to write and draw in. I’m so excited for everyone to see it!

Click here to listen to a lively and interactive review on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Goes Wild (the Naturama Journal segment starts from about 26 minutes in).

Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….

Dates for your diary!

May 4th: Naturama exhibition reception at íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Monaghan, from 7pm, please join us then! The exhibition runs from March 31st – May 25th.

May 14th: My Naturama Nature Journal Book Launch in the national Botanic Gardens in Dublin, RSPV here.

May 16th: I’m speaking as part of the Synesthesia talks series, with Fumbally Exchange in collaboration with the Liquor Rooms, in the Liquor Rooms Dublin, from 7pm.

May 27th and 28th: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin. Book here.

July 21st: Nature Drawing Workshop in Leighlensbridge, Carlow, as part of the Carlow Garden Festival, more details to follow.


Naturama exhibition at Íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Monaghan, until May 25th

I have a solo exhibition at Íontas Arts Centre Castleblayney, Monaghan.

The exhibition runs from March 31st to May 25th 2017 and there is an exhibition reception night on Thursday May 4th from 7pm – you are invited!

The illustrations are all from Naturama, and it’s such a special thing to have them all together for all to see. I had to pick 32 from the book (there are 84 in total) and they are all my favourites of course!- but I love the selection I made, and I hope all the visitors like them too.

It must be the time of year, but my heart swells the most when I look at the bluebell forest one, so I have to call it my current fav :)

Bluebell Forest – go see it in the flesh at Iontas Arts Cente in Castleblayney

The reclaimed maple wood frames are by Rocker Lane Workshop, and I got my limited edition archival prints made at The Copper House in Dublin.

Benson Street Hoarding Illustration for Dublin City Council

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Visit Benson Street in Dublin 2 to see my 55 metre long illustration – commissioned by Dublin City Council for a hoarding around the building site for a new park. The drawing moves through the four seasons and is packed full of native flora and fauna, and features some local landmarks too. Here is a timelapse of me drawing one of the foxes from it, and below is a simple animation I made to show you the full thing…plus more photos here….

Like all my work I did most of the drawing by hand in my notebook, then scanned it in and developed it in Illustrator. I collage hand coloured work with vectorised, digitally coloured elements.


Digital Illustration Workshop

Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. The next course in May, then I’m taking a break for the summer. Learn how to combine digital drawing with hand drawing and bring your skills to a whole new level. 11 CPD point for Architects. I am an Adobe Certified Expert with 5 years teaching experience and my classes are just great!

The two days are jam packed and very hands on but I create a very relaxed atmosphere and you won’t feel rushed. I work from the latest version of adobe Illustrator so that you can get the most out of the features but I also reference older versions and what slight differences you might need to look out for.

Only 5 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help and encouragement. Find out more here.

Me on TV!

This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..

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A little introduction….

This is me, I became an illustrator because I wanted to have freedom in my everyday life and to be able to express myself and spread love and happiness through my work. I really enjoy working with people, young and old, and helping them learn new art skills in workshops. I’m good at making things simple.
I love collaging hand drawn and coloured elements with digital to make my own little wonky world.
My undergraduate degree is in Architecture (B.Sc from UCD) and I have a Masters in Digital Media Technology (DIT). I am also an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator.

I love my bike!

I did a #100daysofbicycles project, drawing 100 bikes in 100 days and now I offer custom bike portraits. Read more… 

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[Digital Illustration Workshop] I highly recommend Go Radiate’s weekend illustrator course. Melissa was a knowledgeable and approachable instructor, happy to share her own professional experiences and tips, making this much more than simply a computer course. Melissa managed to inspire and encourage with her honest and relaxed manner. The time flew by with everyone excited about what they could now achieve. All in all, an informative, pleasant and productive weekend.


Clare Tunnicliffe

[Digital Illustration Class] Melissa is a really good teacher and her class is perfect for those who are new to graphic software. She will teach you all the tricks she knows to help you work quickly and perfectly. I really enjoyed every class.

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