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Go Radiate is Melissa Doran

Illustrator and teacher, based in Dublin

Dates for your diary!

June 22nd: Naturama exhibition at Bí Urban, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 – from June 22nd – July 8th, opened 12-6 daily.

June 25th: Body and Soul,  Naturama talk at the Positive Energy Stage -“Our Land through others eyes” from 1pm, followed by art workshop at the Air Stage from 2pm.

July 21st: Nature Drawing Workshop in Leighlinbridge, Carlow, as part of the Carlow Garden Festival, book here.

August 22nd: Nature Journal Workshop for 8-12 year olds at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, as part of Heritage Week, more details to follwow.

September 16th/17th: Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin, early bird offer if you book before August 1st,  book here.

 Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal out now

Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal

My first ever book “Naturama”,written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by me, came out last year, published by  Gill Books and is all about Ireland’s wildlife. My hope was that inspires children to get outside with their wellies and binoculars and learn all about nature…and from all reports it has.

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. 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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Visit Benson Street in Dublin 2 to see my 55 metre long illustration – commissioned by Dublin City Council for 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, 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 developed it in Illustrator. I collage hand coloured work with vectorised, digitally coloured elements.


Need to learn how to draw digitally? Or simply how to make the most of your hand-drawn work using Illustrator? Check out my Digital Illustration Workshop

Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. I’m taking a little break for the summer, so the next one isn’t ’til September but I have an early bird special offer on from now until August 1st . 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 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 6 spaces available so everyone gets lots of help and encouragement. Find out more here.

Me on TV!

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

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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 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.

I love my bike!

I did a #100daysofbicycles project, drawing 100 bikes in 100 days and now I offer custom bike portraits. Read more… 

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Rave Reviews

Melissa’s digital illustration course is fantastic. She covers such a huge amount in the two days and it never felt overwhelming or confusing. It was an excellent experience!
I had tried figuring it out via online videos before, but there was no comparison between that and this hands-on, intensive course. I now feel very comfortable navigating through the software and I’m so excited about all the possibilities that are now open to me in my creative work.
I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to break into digital art but who doesn’t know how to begin.
Melissa was very patient with all of us, and explained everything very clearly, while giving ample time for us to practise at each step. I’m over the moon with the whole thing!

Claire O’Hagan

[tumblr workshop] Melissa is the best of teachers, clear, patient, generous – she enjoys it and that’s a real bonus.

Marie Hanlon
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