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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama Book out now! 

naturama book

Exciting news – my first ever book “Naturama”,written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by me, is out now!! Yay! It’s published by the fabulous Gill Books and is all about Ireland’s wildlife. I hope it inspires children to get outside with their wellies and binoculars and learn all about nature…
Thanks so much to everyone who came to the launch in the Botanic Gardens, it was a wonderful day! We had guided tours, activity sheets and lots of colouring in!

Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….

Let’s Create!



I’ve got together with my talented friend Aisling Griffin to organise a series of creative workshops, taking place from August. We will have screen printing, lino-print making and pattern making in the fab location of the Chocolate Factory in Dublin. Available to book now! 

Me on TV!

This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. It went out on RTÉ 2 on May 26th just before Home and Away so all the teenagers were watching :) If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..

Digital Illustration Workshop


Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. Next course is taking place on October 8th and 9th 2016. Learn how to combine digital drawing with hand drawing and bring your skills to a whole new level.

10 CPD point for Architects.

I am an Adobe Certified Expert with 5 years teaching experience and my classes are just great!  Only 5 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help. Find out more here.

Nature Drawing


Join us for the next Nature Drawing meet up in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham in Dublin on Saturday August 27th. Booking essential, read more… 

I love my bike!

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

melissa doran go radiate

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 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.

a newt from Naturama...

a newt from Naturama…

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Rave Reviews

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.

Deirdre Morrissey

I’ve always loved drawing and printing, last year I decided to start my own wedding stationary business (https://www.littlepapermill.ie) but I had no knowledge of illustrator which I would need to develop my designs into wedding invitations. I got in touch with Melissa to get some one-to-one tuition. I found Melissa was very clear when giving direction, and made the somewhat daunting task of learning illustrator enjoyable. As well as teaching the technical side of illustrator Melissa has great ideas and helped me put the final finish on some of my designs.

Aisling Howley
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