Hendrik Gheerardyn, from Belgium, has a PhD in Biology from Ghent University and has researched a group of very small marine crustaceans (namely copepods) for more than eight years. A major part of his work consisted of describing and drawing new species, and these were published in international scientific journals (such as Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Journal of Natural History and Journal of Crustacean Biology). By drawing and describing new copepod species through microscopic investigations, he further developed his great sense for detail.
Since childhood he also had a strong interest in the visual arts and studied part-time at the City Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges and St-Lucas Arts Academy in Ghent for 15 years.
As a freelance natural science illustrator, he now combines his background in scientific research with excellent drawing skills to produce scientifically accurate and lifelike illustrations. As a zoologist, he mainly illustrates animals, but is also strongly interested in botanical, maritime archaeological and general science subjects. His work is characterized by scientific accuracy and fine details.