This is me, I founded Go Radiate in 2011 after graduating with a Masters in Digital Media Technology (DIT). 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 and I hope that shows in my drawings. I really enjoy working with people and helping them learn new ways of expressing their creativity. I study energy work and am a Reiki practitioner so I am calm! :) I always try to create a gentle and playful work environment. I’ve been really lucky in attracting the nicest students and the coolest clients…
My undergraduate degree is in Architecture (B.Sc from UCD) and I am also an Adobe Certified Expert. (Read more on LinkedIn.)
I wanted to do a course in Illustrator for a long time but found it really hard to find a good introductory course. I was delighted when I came across Go Radiate. Melissa is a terrific teacher. She was enthusiastic about her subject, the class was well planned and moved at a good pace. I learnt so much and really enjoyed her company and the other’s in the group. Thanks Melissa!
I really enjoyed Melissa’s digital illustration course because we had a good mix of people in our class and the small class size meant that we each could work along at our own pace and with individualised instruction and attention. It really was a treat and I would recommend the course to anyone as learning techniques in illustrator and photoshop are an asset to many, if not all, professions and skill sets.
[3 day digital illustration workshop] Great course and very enjoyable. Would highly recommend Melissa for either an introduction to digital illustration or just to clarify programmes that you may only know how to use elements of.
Melissa made Tumblr super easy. A great workshop. All participants came out with professional-looking blogs. A very worthwhile way to spend a few hours.
Having fumbled about with Photoshop and Illustrator sporadically & fairly fruitlessly for some time, Melissa’s Digital Illustration course was like a light bulb coming on in my head. The course was perfectly balanced – organised and methodical; yet also creative and engaging. Each technique was explored with a clear and careful logic and applied using an enjoyable and useful artistic project. We learned the most sensible and systematic ways of working – great shortcuts and workflow tips; and got some really great trade secrets from Melissa! It was excellent to get an insight into what can be done, what has been done and how it’s done. The notes were excellent, the pace was really well judged and Melissa was a fantastic & patient teacher. Best course ever!
Melissa’s classes provide the perfect introduction to working with Adobe software programmes. All the ‘How To’ questions are answered as tasks are worked through one by one. Well prepared and approachable she provides students with a comprehensive set of notes for each class. Group numbers are kept small to facilitate an easier learning situation and the atmosphere is very friendly and helpful.
I found the Digital Illustration course to be both practical and in-depth. All of my questions were answered and I found out so much about the techniques I need. Now I am well prepared to create unique vector artwork from scratch or to transform and merge photos into print ready files. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest and wishing to become proficient in Illustrator or Photoshop.
[Digital Illustration] Sincere thanks for your very informative workshops on the uses of both Illustrator and Photoshop CS6. I found the workshops to be hugely beneficial in getting an overview of the possibilities as well learning invaluable short cuts in the detail. I greatly appreciated your calm consideration of my many difficulties and your patience in tracing my points of error. I found the sessions informal and relaxed, which for me was an essential part of the learning and would highly recommend them to anyone coming to terms with the details of Illustration practice in its many diverse forms.
I really enjoyed attending the Digital Illustration course. The location, environment, notes, visuals, tutoring and Melissa’s patience made the course really enjoyable. I look forward to doing more classes with Go Radiate in the future.
[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.
I loved the Digital illustration class that Go Radiate ran last October (2012) – it unlocked many secrets and tips for me, especially with regards to Adobe Illustrator – lots of ideas that I now plan to incorporate into presentation drawings for clients. This is a course that I’ve already recommended to my architect-friends who I’ve no doubt will sign-up. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching style – informal yet very informative. I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar courses from Melissa.
A very practical and enjoyable course [Digital Illustration]. I found Melissa to be an enthusiastic, creative and patient tutor. She has an excellent way of imparting knowledge that builds confidence. The focused nature of the course and the small class size allowed a lot of ground to be covered in each session. Excellent value for the time invested and highly recommended.
I took Melissa’s Tumblr website/blogging workshop and found her to be an excellent instructor. I am really glad I took the workshop and I highly recommend GoRadiate.ie for classes. I could have wasted a lot of time trying to explore Tumblr myself, but Melissa presented the material in perfectly digestible way. She was able to comfortably field all my questions and all other questions raised in the class showing a depth of knowledge not only about the product, but also a ‘best practices’ instruction on how use it. The class size was perfect as Melissa was able to give each student a very personal and tailored instruction, so we could quickly get hands-on with building our own Tumblr blogs/mini websites.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] Melissa facilitated a really engaging learning experience, well paced and imaginative, with no question too big or small. Great professional and creative insights supported by great project work. Looking forward to building on this!
I participated in a series of classes run by Melissa Doran – Go Radiate on the use of Photoshop and Illustrator. Melissa is always well prepared and issues very clear notes on the topics discussed in the classes, which is very helpful. The group is small, so she is able to give everybody sufficient attention and answer queries as they arise. Her teaching style is friendly and informal, yet efficient. I am delighted to recommend Melissa to fellow students.
Melissa’s [Digital Illustration] course was a great help to get back into the swing of things. Lessons offer all the basic as well as extremely useful tips and suggestions. Melissa herself is very friendly and approachable. The course could best be described as “Practical, Professional & Patient” and was thoroughly enjoyable & useful.
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.
As a curator and artist I found it very frustrating when I had ideas for flyers, posters and exhibition invites but constantly had to go to someone else to create them! When I discovered the Digital Illustration course I decided it was high time to upskill in this area. I previously had a very basic knowledge of photoshop and no experience whatsoever of any design programmes but I found the course really worthwhile and learnt a lot in a few short weeks. The small class size was ideal for one on one assistance and all of the notes were available afterwards which was extremely valuable.
I have had the good fortune to discover Melissa Doran of Go Radiate just at a time when I needed to develop my photo and video editing skills In support of my fledgling photography practice. Not only is Melissa a technical wizard with expertise in a range of digital media she also has an strong artistic sensibility. These attributes together with her natural facility for clear communication and her easygoing manner makes for a creative and fun learning experience. I recommend highly one-to-one tuition with Melissa where your artistic and technical needs will be met. Enjoy!
I found the three day digital illustration course a complete eye opener. While the course is quite intensive regarding content, Melissa provided a well paced and relaxed environment. All tools were expertly explained and plenty of practice time was given to get to grips with all aspects. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their digital creative side.
[Digital Illustration]Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for being such a ‘Mega-teacher’ and for all the work you put in for all of us over the last 3 Saturdays, which flew like playtime on another planet. Especially too for generously sharing your tips, discoveries and resource links on top of everything else, so that the whole experience was a huge hand up for me into learning, practising and using all that great stuff when I am in production mode – (all of which would have taken me light-years to hit on, if ever)!! The handouts are also a brilliant back up …………. and finally …………….. loved your blog article on ‘what to do if you get stuck’, written from a place of honesty,experience and knowledge of the reality; it is just so spot on!!!
The Digital Illustration is an absolutely fantastic course and would really recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about photoshop and Illustrator! It felt as if the course was tailor made for me, seamless in its connections between the two programmes. Melissa is a great teacher, very clear and makes everything easy to understand.
I really enjoyed the Digital Illustration course – the small class size meant it was really hands on and I picked up lots of great tips and tricks in a short space of time!
Melissa’s Digital Illustration Course is a really excellent opportunity to delve into the world of Photoshop and Illustrator. I had some prior knowledge of both but had been learning slowly through trial and error. The notes she handed out and the accompanying exercises really opened up my understanding and gave me a better idea of just want I could achieve using the programmes. Definitely worth it!
[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.
I attended the 3-day illustrator and photoshop course with Go Radiate in summer 2014 and found it very useful and thorough.
Melissa was excellent and was able to answer every question asked by the group.
I would highly recommend it.
[tumblr workshop] Melissa is the best of teachers, clear, patient, generous – she enjoys it and that’s a real bonus.