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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

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I’m working on a big nature book for children with Gill books out this year. Called “Naturama”, it’s written by Michael Fewer, illustrated by me, and this little fella is in it…


Drawing at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

On the first Friday of every month, I organise a little group to meet up at the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and we spend a couple of hours drawing then have lunch together. It’s always a really lovely morning and you are welcome to come too! You can book your free ticket here, and take a look at some of the other mornings here.

I love my bike!

I did a #100daysofbicycles project, drawing 100 bikes in 100 days and now I offer custom bike portraits – you can order yours here.

Digital Illustration Workshop

Develop your digital illustration skills over three Saturdays in February using Illustrator and Photoshop.
Learn how to combine digital drawing with hand drawing and bring your skills to a whole new level.
15 CPD point for Architects.
Only 5 spaces available so find out more and book your place here.

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’m interested in combing hand drawn and coloured elements with digital.

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.

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Tools of the Trade

What I use to make my illustrations… On the eve of my 3rd birthday,...
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Irish Blog Awards

Great news, I’m in the shortlist for the Irish blog awards in the...
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Transformation Exhibition in Fumbally Exchange

Fumbally Exchange is five years old and as part of the birthday...
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Drawing at Botanics – September

Here are some photos from another lovely morning at the National Botanic...
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Global Talent Search 2015

Lilla Rodgers is one of the top illustration agents in the world and each...
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Creative activities for September 2015

Drawing at Botanics – September 4th The Botanic gardens in Dublin are...
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Drawing at Botanics – August

Dublin in the sunshine is so beautiful!I started a monthly meet up for a...
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The 100 Day Project Dublin Meet Up

The 100 Day Project are organising meet ups across the world to celebrate...
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Rave Reviews

[Digital Illustration Workshop] Melissa facilitated a really engaging learning experience, well paced and imaginative, with no question too big or small. Great professional and creative insights supported by great project work. Looking forward to building on this!

Eugene Boyle

A very practical and enjoyable course [Digital Illustration]. I found Melissa to be an enthusiastic, creative and patient tutor. She has an excellent way of imparting knowledge that builds confidence. The focused nature of the course and the small class size allowed a lot of ground to be covered in each session. Excellent value for the time invested and highly recommended.

Alex Davis
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