Hi from the seaside at Dalkey!

Hello! I’m Melissa Culhane, and illustrator and animator based in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve recently graduated from my BA (hons) Animation and made a gorgeous little animation called A Quack Too Far. I’ve written a new short about a snail but haven’t started production on it yet! 

I’ve been working as an illustrator for the last few years and one of the highlights has to be Naturama and my Naturama Nature Journal, co-created with the brilliant writer Michael Fewer.  A close second would be the giant illustration installation in Dublin’s Docklands – 55 metres of an Irish Wildlife scene on Benson Street.  I love having a hand drawn feel to my work. I am skilled with creating work digitally (I’m an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator) but I always like the idea of making the computer side of things invisible – using it to enhance my drawings but letting the end result feel hand made.

I teach digital illustration in small groups every couple of months. I also facilitate a variety of art workshops for children and adults and they all centre around cultivating a love of nature. Some examples of past workshops include nature journalling, nature printing, wildflower sketch walks and making nature mobiles.

Watch me on TV talking about Naturama (2016) and how I draw.

Education

B.A. (Hons) Animation (2.1) CDCFE/ University of Wolverhampton, 2019
Cert. Animation (2.1) Pulse College/ Griffith College, 2018
Cert. Entrepreneurship (1.1) National College of Ireland, 2011
M.A. Digital Media Technology (2.1) Dublin Institute of Technology, 2010
B.Sc. Architecture, University College Dublin, 2006

Selected Exhibitions/Screenings

Animated Short Film – A Quack Too Far
Bucheon International Animation Festival, South Korea, including Q & A (2019)
Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil (2019)
Kamyanets-Podilsky’s Film Festival “BRUKIVKA” in Ukraine (2019)
Culture Night at The Dock, Leitrim, including a “making of” presentation and Q & A (2019)
31st Galway Film Fleadh, Irish Talent Short Animation category (2019)
Illustration – Solo
Íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Naturama solo exhibition (2017)
Bí Urban, Stoneybatter, Co Dublin, Naturama solo exhibition (2017)
Illustration – Group
NoFixedAbode, group exhibition, Copper House Gallery, Dublin (2017)
Print, Fumbally Exchange, group exhibition, Dublin (2017)
Transformation, group exhibition, #100daysofbicycles, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin (2015)
Elementals, group exhibition, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin (2015)
Xmas Exhibition, group exhibition, Bernard Shaw, Dublin (2014)
Blot, Children’s Book Exhibition, group exhibition, Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin (2012)
Video Art installation – Dream in a Landscape, and others
Bring your own Beamer, video art festival, with Woven Skull, IMOCA studios, Dublin (2011)
Contemporary Art and the Moving Image, Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast (2011)
Galway Art’s Festival, group screening, Galway (2011)
Sanctioned Array, group screening, White Box, New York City (2010)
Everyone Has A Different View, Playhouse, Nottingham (2010)
Expanded Architecture at the Festival of Architecture, Sydney (2010)
International Digital Art Festival, National Academy of Arts, Sofia (2010)
Videogram, Limerick (2010)
Darklight X, Dublin (2009)
Documentary short film – Bike Love – Directed and Edited
Cork Bicycle Festival (2009)
Kerry Bicycle Festival (2009)

Photos by Maiden Moose/Domenique Serfontein