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 a course in September 2017. 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.
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’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!
[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.
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 Workshop] Melissa’s class is perfectly paced to learn the tools of Illustrator, while giving time for practical exercises which demonstrate the range of applications and possibilities of the programme. Melissa has de-mystified Illustrator for me, and opened up the possibilities for what I can do with my artwork!
[tumblr workshop] Melissa is the best of teachers, clear, patient, generous – she enjoys it and that’s a real bonus.
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.
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.
I’ve always loved drawing and printing, last year I decided to start my own wedding stationary business (https://www.littlepapermill.ie) but I had no knowledge of illustrator which I would need to develop my designs into wedding invitations. I got in touch with Melissa to get some one-to-one tuition. I found Melissa was very clear when giving direction, and made the somewhat daunting task of learning illustrator enjoyable. As well as teaching the technical side of illustrator Melissa has great ideas and helped me put the final finish on some of my designs.
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!
[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.
[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!!!
[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 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!
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!
Melissa made Tumblr super easy. A great workshop. All participants came out with professional-looking blogs. A very worthwhile way to spend a few hours.
[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 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.
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.