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 will be April 21st and 22nd, (April 28th and 29th is booked out). 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’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!
I really enjoyed the Digital Illustration course – the small class size meant it was really hands on and I picked up lots of great tips and tricks in a short space of time!
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!
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.
[Digital Illustration Workshop] Melissa is a great teacher. Her attitude and patience made me feel at ease all the time. Great classroom and excellent notes to go back to when struggling!
[Digital Illustration Workshop] Melissa’s class was extremely enjoyable and with her patient way of teaching made it easy to understand. Melissa is excellent at what she does, and I would recommend any of her classes to anyone. I now can’t wait to start creating some lovely things :).
[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.
[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!!!
The Digital Illustration is an absolutely fantastic course and would really recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about photoshop and Illustrator! It felt as if the course was tailor made for me, seamless in its connections between the two programmes. Melissa is a great teacher, very clear and makes everything easy to understand.
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 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 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] I really enjoyed the class, back to basis and learning the core of Illustrator tools. Practical sessions in the class are very useful as it helps to understand the tasks. The handouts are very helpful as well. I would really recommend this class to everyone who is interested in graphic design or graphic design students who would like to understand the basic skills of Illustrator.
Great experience doing Melissa’s Dorans illustrating course, didn’t expect to learn as much as I did in the two days. As well as being very practical it was also creative. Melissa was more than helpful I would highly recommend.
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!
[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.
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.
[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.
I took Melissa’s Tumblr website/blogging workshop and found her to be an excellent instructor. I am really glad I took the workshop and I highly recommend GoRadiate.ie for classes. I could have wasted a lot of time trying to explore Tumblr myself, but Melissa presented the material in perfectly digestible way. She was able to comfortably field all my questions and all other questions raised in the class showing a depth of knowledge not only about the product, but also a ‘best practices’ instruction on how use it. The class size was perfect as Melissa was able to give each student a very personal and tailored instruction, so we could quickly get hands-on with building our own Tumblr blogs/mini websites.