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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

 Naturama Book out now! 

naturama book

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…

Naturama is the number 1 bestseller in the Children’s non-fiction category in Ireland. Thanks so much to everyone who keeps buying it :)

I have a selection of beautiful limited edition prints from Naturama on sale in my Etsy shop, and I am adding more all the time.

Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….

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


Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. Next course will be on in January 21st and 22nd 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.

Kids Workshops


I was delighted to travel around the country this year to meet lots of amazing children bursting with ideas for various workshops – especially nature drawing workshops! Thanks so much to everyone who invited me to their groups. For info on past and future kids workshops please click here.

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 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 analogue and digital 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.

a newt from Naturama...

a newt from Naturama…

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Rave Reviews

I attended the 3-day illustrator and photoshop course with Go Radiate in summer 2014 and found it very useful and thorough.
Melissa was excellent and was able to answer every question asked by the group.
I would highly recommend it.

André Negri

I can thoroughly recommend this Digital Illustration workshop. I had wanted to learn Illustrator for a long time but found it very intimidating and too complex to figure out alone. After just two days Melissa had left me with a solid understanding of how to navigate the system, use the key tools and decipher the associated terminology. Melissa’s extensive knowledge of the system coupled with her passion for illustration and open teaching approach enabled us to clearly understand how these tools could be applied to our own artwork. The class size is just right and the location and set up lends itself perfectly to this creative class. If you would like to get to grips with Illustrator and want to avoid the usual mundane corporate type course then look no further!

Hilary Glynn
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