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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

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Exciting news – my first ever book “Naturama”,written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by me, will be in the shops from April 22nd! Yay! It’s published by the fabulous Gill Books and is all about Irelands wildlife. I hope it inspires children to get outside with their wellies and binoculars and learn all about nature…


Drawing at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

On the first Friday of every month, I organise a little group to meet up at the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and we spend a couple of hours drawing then have lunch together. It’s always a really lovely morning and you are welcome to come too! Read more… 

Digital Illustration Workshop

Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. Next course is taking place on June 18th & 19th 2016. Learn how to combine digital drawing with hand drawing and bring your skills to a whole new level. 10 CPD point for Architects. Only 5 spaces available so find out more and book your place here.

I love my bike!

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

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A little introduction….

This is me, I became an illustrator because I wanted to be really happy in my job and it worked! I always aim to put love and happiness into everything I do. I really enjoy working with people and helping them learn new ways of expressing their creativity, and I’m good at making things simple.

I’m interested in combining hand drawn and coloured elements with digital.

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.

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Rave Reviews

Melissa’s Digital Illustration course is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to get to grips with the basics of Photoshop & Illustrator.
The 3 day course covers just enough to give you the starting skills to go create on your own, and offers follow on support if you want to take it further. Perfectly paced and excellent notes, I would recommend it highly.

Sarah Byrne

[one on one tuition] Learning Illustrator with Go Radiate was excellent.  Melissa was extremely easy to work with and with an intuitive flair she summed up what I needed to learn  within the first half hour of meeting me.  What followed was a truly bespoke 1 -2-1, designed to meet my needs exactly.
My 2 days of  tuition was punctuated with precise breaks which helped the absorption of the new material,  and absolutely no time was wasted. At every stage I could tell that Melissa checked we were on target and covering what I needed, and with a relaxed meticulousness she ensured I had  thoroughly learned everything by applying the skills to my own projects ,at the right time during the class.
I would thoroughly recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to learn/ brush up on Illustrator or Photoshop. She is an Adobe expert and  has so much background knowledge and clear passion for illustration and design that  time spent with her, not only helped me effectively learn a new package,  but was engaging, enjoyable and satisfying.

Joan Alexander
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