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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Welcome Spring!

Hello…

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

I became an illustrator because I wanted to be able to spread love and happiness through my work. I’m now studying animation for the year so I’m hoping to branch out – make bigger projects and collaborate!

I’m excited to be on the artists panel for workshops in The Dock in Leitrim this year and have a few workshops lined up already – two with the local primary school in March and April, and one for families that anyone can come to on National Drawing Day, May 19th, more details to follow!

I really enjoy working with people, young and old, and helping them learn new art skills. I’m good at making things simple. I love collaging hand drawn 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.

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. It was so cool to see it become a number one bestseller and meet loads of wonderful children who were loving the book!

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….

Pocket Portraits

I ran a little event as part of my time at FROST Fumbally before the Christmas and invited the public to visit the shop and get a free portrait. I drew just under 70 portraits over a couple of days, here is a selection..with more here.

Benson Street Hoarding Illustration for Dublin City Council

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If you take a walk down Benson Street in Dublin 2 you will see a very colourful little area amongst all the dust of the nearby building sites!  I was commissioned by Dublin City Council to design a  55 metre long illustration on 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 (press play in the fox image), 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 worked it up in Illustrator.  I collage hand coloured work with vectorised, digitally coloured elements. I then sent it to the printer who took care of the rest (I didn’t have to be out in the cold painting it!).

Let me know if you go see it!  

 

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

April 28th/29th 2018: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin, book here.  Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. 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 give lots of encouragement and one to one help. 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. There is a maximum of 5 participants so everyone gets lots of attention. Find out more here.

Locations

I’ve started a new series of paintings in Photoshop based on scenes with gorgeous locations from films, these first two are from Downsizing. Follow along with me on Instagram and tell me what your favourite scenes are, I’m open to suggestions! :)

Norway landscape from Downsizing

Giant Dandelion seedheads from the movie Downsizing

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Pocket Portraits at Frost Fumbally

  I had a brainwave to draw everyone who came into visit me at FROST Fumbally. A thought ran through my head...
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FROST, Christmas pop up shop at Fumbally Exchange

I was delighted to be part of a beautiful Christmas pop up shop at Fumbally Exchange (5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2). A...
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Green Door Festival 2017

I love Leitrim! I’m from Leitrim and hope to live there again some day so I love to see cool events popping...
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Culture Night 2017 at Bí Urban

  Culture Night is one of my favourite nights of the year and this year I was so happy to be invited to join...
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Nature Drawing Walks for Carlow Garden Festival

Carlow Garden Festival has been running for about 15 years now and each year it’s getting bigger and better! The...
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Connemara Summer School

I had a wonderful week this July at the Connemara Summer School on Inisbofin island, off the coast of County Galway...
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Naturama Exhibition at Bí Urban, Stoneybatter, Dublin

I first met Kaethe Burt O’Dea from Bí Urban (pronounced “Bee” Urban) the night of m...
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Talk & Workshop at Body & Soul Music Festival

This year I went to Body & Soul for art, not music! I gave a talk on the Sunday about my work and how...
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Rathmines Garden Trail 2017

Rathmines is a village close to Dublin city centre, and anyone over 40 who went to college in Dublin tells me that...
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Sketch Walk Workshop at Bloom Fringe

Bloom Fringe is a festival run in parallel with Bloom In The Park and encourages biodiversity and sustainability in...
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Naturama exhibition at Íontas Arts Centre

Naturama exhibition at Íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Monaghan, March 31st – May 25th 2017 I had a solo...
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Synesthesia – Movement Talk

I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Synesthesia talk series in the Liquor Rooms in Dublin along with Susan...
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