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. I have upcoming courses in April (booked out) and May. 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 new children’s workshop page to get the latest info.
[one on one tuition] Learning Illustrator with Go Radiate was excellent. Melissa was extremely easy to work with and with an intuitive flair she summed up what I needed to learn within the first half hour of meeting me. What followed was a truly bespoke 1 -2-1, designed to meet my needs exactly.
My 2 days of tuition was punctuated with precise breaks which helped the absorption of the new material, and absolutely no time was wasted. At every stage I could tell that Melissa checked we were on target and covering what I needed, and with a relaxed meticulousness she ensured I had thoroughly learned everything by applying the skills to my own projects ,at the right time during the class.
I would thoroughly recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to learn/ brush up on Illustrator or Photoshop. She is an Adobe expert and has so much background knowledge and clear passion for illustration and design that time spent with her, not only helped me effectively learn a new package, but was engaging, enjoyable and satisfying.
Melissa’s Digital Illustration Course is a really excellent opportunity to delve into the world of Photoshop and Illustrator. I had some prior knowledge of both but had been learning slowly through trial and error. The notes she handed out and the accompanying exercises really opened up my understanding and gave me a better idea of just want I could achieve using the programmes. Definitely worth it!
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.
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!
Having fumbled about with Photoshop and Illustrator sporadically & fairly fruitlessly for some time, Melissa’s Digital Illustration course was like a light bulb coming on in my head. The course was perfectly balanced – organised and methodical; yet also creative and engaging. Each technique was explored with a clear and careful logic and applied using an enjoyable and useful artistic project. We learned the most sensible and systematic ways of working – great shortcuts and workflow tips; and got some really great trade secrets from Melissa! It was excellent to get an insight into what can be done, what has been done and how it’s done. The notes were excellent, the pace was really well judged and Melissa was a fantastic & patient teacher. Best course ever!
[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 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!
[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 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.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] Very enjoyable course – the tutor took some complex tools and processes and made them seem simple, achievable and even fun!
Melissa’s Digital Illustration course is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to get to grips with the basics of Photoshop & Illustrator.
The 3 day course covers just enough to give you the starting skills to go create on your own, and offers follow on support if you want to take it further. Perfectly paced and excellent notes, I would recommend it highly.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] I highly recommend Go Radiate’s weekend illustrator course. Melissa was a knowledgeable and approachable instructor, happy to share her own professional experiences and tips, making this much more than simply a computer course. Melissa managed to inspire and encourage with her honest and relaxed manner. The time flew by with everyone excited about what they could now achieve. All in all, an informative, pleasant and productive weekend.
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.
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.
I found the Digital Illustration course to be both practical and in-depth. All of my questions were answered and I found out so much about the techniques I need. Now I am well prepared to create unique vector artwork from scratch or to transform and merge photos into print ready files. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest and wishing to become proficient in Illustrator or Photoshop.
I wanted to do a course in Illustrator for a long time but found it really hard to find a good introductory course. I was delighted when I came across Go Radiate. Melissa is a terrific teacher. She was enthusiastic about her subject, the class was well planned and moved at a good pace. I learnt so much and really enjoyed her company and the other’s in the group. Thanks Melissa!
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.
[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.
A very practical and enjoyable course [Digital Illustration]. I found Melissa to be an enthusiastic, creative and patient tutor. She has an excellent way of imparting knowledge that builds confidence. The focused nature of the course and the small class size allowed a lot of ground to be covered in each session. Excellent value for the time invested and highly recommended.
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.