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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 :)

Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….

Let’s Create!


I’ve got together with my talented friend Aisling Griffin to organise a series of creative workshops, taking place this autumn. 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


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.

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.

Nature Drawing


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… 

Create & Explore, children’s art workshop, Leitrim


Delighted to be spending time in Leitrim doing art workshops for children (age 8-14) in The Dock arts centre in Carrick on Shannon. We had such fun there for the Wild Words children’s book festival in August and I’m really looking forward to being back.

The classes take place every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks starting September 13th. Each week we will be drawing/sticking/collaging different elements to make an imaginary world. You can read more info and book a place 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 found the three day digital illustration course a complete eye opener. While the course is quite intensive regarding content, Melissa provided a well paced and relaxed environment. All tools were expertly explained and plenty of practice time was given to get to grips with all aspects. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their digital creative side.

David Cullen

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
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