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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

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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. 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….

 

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 on). 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.

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

melissa doran go radiate

Hiya…

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.

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