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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama Book out now. My Naturama Nature Journal out this March.

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 for all the latest Naturama related news….

Benson Street Hoarding Illustration for Dublin City Council

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, more photos here….

Digital Illustration Workshop


Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. Next course will be on in April 2017. 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!  Only 5 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help. Find out more here.

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..

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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… 

a newt from Naturama...

a newt from Naturama…

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Irish Blog Awards

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Creative activities for September 2015

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Rave Reviews

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.

Patrick McKenna

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.

Elaine Carolan
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