June 22nd: Naturama exhibition at Bí Urban, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 – from June 22nd – July 8th, opened 12-6 daily.
June 25th: Body and Soul, Naturama talk at the Positive Energy Stage -“Our Land through others eyes” from 1pm, followed by art workshop at the Air Stage from 2pm.
July 21st: Nature Drawing Workshop in Leighlinbridge, Carlow, as part of the Carlow Garden Festival, book here.
August 22nd: Nature Journal Workshop for 8-12 year olds at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, as part of Heritage Week, more details to follwow.
September 16th/17th: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin, early bird offer if you book before August 1st, book here.
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. It gets everyone outside turning rocks upside down looking for worms :)
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.
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 6 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help and encouragement. Find out more here.
This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..
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.
Melissa’s digital illustration course is fantastic. She covers such a huge amount in the two days and it never felt overwhelming or confusing. It was an excellent experience!
I had tried figuring it out via online videos before, but there was no comparison between that and this hands-on, intensive course. I now feel very comfortable navigating through the software and I’m so excited about all the possibilities that are now open to me in my creative work.
I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to break into digital art but who doesn’t know how to begin.
Melissa was very patient with all of us, and explained everything very clearly, while giving ample time for us to practise at each step. I’m over the moon with the whole thing!
[tumblr workshop] Melissa is the best of teachers, clear, patient, generous – she enjoys it and that’s a real bonus.