* Melissa (Doran) Culhane*
I’m currently studying for a BA (hons) in Animation in Coláiste Dhulaigh – I’m going to be there figuring out how to make some beautiful animation work up until May 2019.
I’ve been working as an illustrator for the last few years and the highlight of my illustration career so far 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..
As well as my studies, I facilitate a variety of art workshops for children and adults and they all centre around cultivating a love of nature. I was on the artists panel for 2018 for The Dock arts Centre in Leitrim, for workshops engaging the local community. Some examples of past workshops include nature journalling, nature printing, wildflower sketch walks and making nature mobiles. In my own art practice I love having a hand drawn feel to my work. I teach a digital illustration workshop and am skilled with creating work digitally, 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.
My undergraduate degree is in Architecture (B.Sc from UCD), I have a Masters in Digital Media Technology (DIT) as well as Certificate in Animation (Pulse/Griffith College) and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship (NCI). I am also an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator.
I am in the middle of changing my name to Melissa Culhane following my recent marriage, still getting used to it!
Watch me on TV talking about Naturama (2016) and how I draw.