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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama Book out now! 

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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a newt from Naturama…

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Rave Reviews

Melissa’s classes provide the perfect introduction to working with Adobe software programmes. All the ‘How To’ questions are answered as tasks are worked through one by one. Well prepared and approachable she provides students with a comprehensive set of notes for each class. Group numbers are kept small to facilitate an easier learning situation and the atmosphere is very friendly and helpful.

Marie Hanlon

[Digital Illustration] Sincere thanks for your very informative workshops on the uses of both Illustrator and Photoshop CS6. I found the workshops to be hugely beneficial in getting an overview of the possibilities as well learning invaluable short cuts in the detail. I greatly appreciated your calm consideration of my many difficulties and your patience in tracing my points of error. I found the sessions informal and relaxed, which for me was an essential part of the learning and would highly recommend them to anyone coming to terms with the details of Illustration practice in its many diverse forms.

Joan Gleeson
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