And now, there is a beautiful follow on, My Naturama Nature Journal, which has projects for children to do outside and field guide notes sections to write and draw in. I’m so excited for everyone to see it!
Click here to listen to a lively and interactive review on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Goes Wild (the Naturama Journal segment starts from about 26 minutes in).
May 4th: Naturama exhibition reception at íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Monaghan, from 7pm, please join us then! The exhibition runs from March 31st – May 25th.
May 14th: My Naturama Nature Journal Book Launch in the national Botanic Gardens in Dublin, RSPV here.
May 16th: I’m speaking as part of the Synesthesia talks series, with Fumbally Exchange in collaboration with the Liquor Rooms, in the Liquor Rooms Dublin, from 7pm.
May 27th and 28th: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin. Book here.
July 21st: Nature Drawing Workshop in Leighlensbridge, Carlow, as part of the Carlow Garden Festival, more details to follow.
I have a solo exhibition at Íontas Arts Centre Castleblayney, Monaghan.
The exhibition runs from March 31st to May 25th 2017 and there is an exhibition reception night on Thursday May 4th from 7pm – you are invited!
The illustrations are all from Naturama, and it’s such a special thing to have them all together for all to see. I had to pick 32 from the book (there are 84 in total) and they are all my favourites of course!- but I love the selection I made, and I hope all the visitors like them too.
It must be the time of year, but my heart swells the most when I look at the bluebell forest one, so I have to call it my current fav :)
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.
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 5 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help and encouragement. Find out more here.
This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..
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.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] I highly recommend Go Radiate’s weekend illustrator course. Melissa was a knowledgeable and approachable instructor, happy to share her own professional experiences and tips, making this much more than simply a computer course. Melissa managed to inspire and encourage with her honest and relaxed manner. The time flew by with everyone excited about what they could now achieve. All in all, an informative, pleasant and productive weekend.
[Digital Illustration Class] Melissa is a really good teacher and her class is perfect for those who are new to graphic software. She will teach you all the tricks she knows to help you work quickly and perfectly. I really enjoyed every class.