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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran - Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal out now

Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal

A dream project for me as a life long nature lover, Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal were a joy to illustrate. I got to work on researching and drawing Irish wildlife throughout the seasons and I’m so happy with the result. The books were co created with the writer Michael Fewer and published by  Gill Books.

Naturama came out first and is a beautiful introduction to Irish wildlife, regardless of whether you live in the countryside or in the city, there’s lots of things to learn about and get you started as a nature enthusiast.

My Naturama Nature Journal 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 :)

Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….

Kids Workshops

I love working with children, check out my previous workshops here. My next one will be a Nature Journal Workshop for 8-12 year olds at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, as part of Heritage Week, on August 22nd, booking details here.


Benson Street Hoarding Illustration for Dublin City Council

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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. Here is a timelapse of me drawing one of the foxes from it, and below is a simple animation I made to show you the full thing…plus more photos here….

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.


Need to learn how to draw digitally? Or simply want to make the most of your hand-drawn work using Illustrator? Check out my Digital Illustration Workshop

September 16th/17th: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin, early bird offer extended until August 25th,  book here.

Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. I’m taking a little break for the summer, so the next one isn’t ’til September but I have an early bird special offer on from now until August 1st . 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!

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.

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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.

This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..

I love my bike!

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

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Rave Reviews

[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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