Go Radiate’s intensive Digital Illustration 2 Day course aims to give students the fundamentals of using Adobe Illustrator for drawing digitally as well as combining your hand drawn work. Next course is on in January 20th/21st 2018. Read More…
Not really a workshop exactly, but I organise a free meet up for people to come and draw with me outside, surrounded by nature. Drawing outside makes you happy, relaxed and healthy, so please join me! Read more…
I love drawing with children! Please visit my children’s workshop page to get the latest info.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] Melissa facilitated a really engaging learning experience, well paced and imaginative, with no question too big or small. Great professional and creative insights supported by great project work. Looking forward to building on this!
I attended the 3-day illustrator and photoshop course with Go Radiate in summer 2014 and found it very useful and thorough.
Melissa was excellent and was able to answer every question asked by the group.
I would highly recommend it.
[Digital Illustration Class] Melissa is a really good teacher and her class is perfect for those who are new to graphic software. She will teach you all the tricks she knows to help you work quickly and perfectly. I really enjoyed every class.
[Digital Illustration]Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for being such a ‘Mega-teacher’ and for all the work you put in for all of us over the last 3 Saturdays, which flew like playtime on another planet. Especially too for generously sharing your tips, discoveries and resource links on top of everything else, so that the whole experience was a huge hand up for me into learning, practising and using all that great stuff when I am in production mode – (all of which would have taken me light-years to hit on, if ever)!! The handouts are also a brilliant back up …………. and finally …………….. loved your blog article on ‘what to do if you get stuck’, written from a place of honesty,experience and knowledge of the reality; it is just so spot on!!!
I really enjoyed Melissa’s digital illustration course because we had a good mix of people in our class and the small class size meant that we each could work along at our own pace and with individualised instruction and attention. It really was a treat and I would recommend the course to anyone as learning techniques in illustrator and photoshop are an asset to many, if not all, professions and skill sets.
It was wonderful and freeing to have someone teaching the programme from the perspective of an illustrator. It was creatively based not just technically focussed. This made it wholly refreshing and eye opening.
The 2 day format was great and it felt like a real friendly environment to be coming into with familiar faces on the second day.
It was a very positive and enlightening course, and I am so very happy to have done it.
Since doing the course my use of illustrator has increased an unspeakable amount. So it was definitely worth the investment.
Would highly recommend Melissa’s [Digital Illustration] course. She is a great teacher. I went in a complete novice and came away with the skills to transform and use my drawings in a new and fun way. She gives great notes to refer back to and creates a lovely atmosphere in her class. Thanks Melissa!
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.
[3 day digital illustration workshop] Great course and very enjoyable. Would highly recommend Melissa for either an introduction to digital illustration or just to clarify programmes that you may only know how to use elements of.
I participated in a series of classes run by Melissa Doran – Go Radiate on the use of Photoshop and Illustrator. Melissa is always well prepared and issues very clear notes on the topics discussed in the classes, which is very helpful. The group is small, so she is able to give everybody sufficient attention and answer queries as they arise. Her teaching style is friendly and informal, yet efficient. I am delighted to recommend Melissa to fellow students.
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.
Melissa’s three-day digital illustration workshop was absolutely brilliant, and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to be able to use Illustrator and Photoshop for creative projects. Melissa is an excellent teacher – friendly, warm, patient and hugely knowledgeable. The course is very well structured and well paced, with a combination of teaching and hands-on exercises that really help you get to grips with the programmes. Melissa has loads of great tips and advice, and she also gives excellent, detailed notes, which are an invaluable reference when you are working on stuff at home. I had never been able to get my head around Photoshop and Illustrator when I was trying to figure them out on my own but having done the course I really feel excited about the creative possibilities of digital illustration. Thanks so much, Melissa!
I can thoroughly recommend this Digital Illustration workshop. I had wanted to learn Illustrator for a long time but found it very intimidating and too complex to figure out alone. After just two days Melissa had left me with a solid understanding of how to navigate the system, use the key tools and decipher the associated terminology. Melissa’s extensive knowledge of the system coupled with her passion for illustration and open teaching approach enabled us to clearly understand how these tools could be applied to our own artwork. The class size is just right and the location and set up lends itself perfectly to this creative class. If you would like to get to grips with Illustrator and want to avoid the usual mundane corporate type course then look no further!
I loved the Digital illustration class that Go Radiate ran last October (2012) – it unlocked many secrets and tips for me, especially with regards to Adobe Illustrator – lots of ideas that I now plan to incorporate into presentation drawings for clients. This is a course that I’ve already recommended to my architect-friends who I’ve no doubt will sign-up. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching style – informal yet very informative. I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar courses from Melissa.
I really enjoyed attending the Digital Illustration course. The location, environment, notes, visuals, tutoring and Melissa’s patience made the course really enjoyable. I look forward to doing more classes with Go Radiate in the future.
[Digital Illustration] Sincere thanks for your very informative workshops on the uses of both Illustrator and Photoshop CS6. I found the workshops to be hugely beneficial in getting an overview of the possibilities as well learning invaluable short cuts in the detail. I greatly appreciated your calm consideration of my many difficulties and your patience in tracing my points of error. I found the sessions informal and relaxed, which for me was an essential part of the learning and would highly recommend them to anyone coming to terms with the details of Illustration practice in its many diverse forms.
Melissa’s [Digital Illustration] course was a great help to get back into the swing of things. Lessons offer all the basic as well as extremely useful tips and suggestions. Melissa herself is very friendly and approachable. The course could best be described as “Practical, Professional & Patient” and was thoroughly enjoyable & useful.
Melissa is as patient as she is professional. Her knowledge of Illustrator is vast and her communication method is fluent and easily understood. I would whole heartedly recommend her two day introductory course.
[Digital Illustrator workshop] Illustrator has puzzled me for years but Melissa broke it down in really simple steps and by the end of the first day everybody was able to make their own digital illustration. I left feeling confident and inspired! Very friendly atmosphere with lots of time for one on one attention. Couldn’t recommend enough! Such a well thought out weekend, exceeded m expectations (And they were very high!!) . I learnt so much not just about illustration but Melissa gave great insight into design and using the programme in creative ways.