H GheerardynHendrik Gheerardyn was born in Bruges, Belgium. Since childhood, he has been passionate about nature and always liked drawing and painting. After his biology studies, he earned a Ph.D. in Sciences (Ghent University) and researched the taxonomy and ecology of a group of small marine crustaceans (namely copepods) for more than eight years. A major part of his work consisted of describing and drawing new copepod 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). Through these microscopic investigations, he further developed his great sense for detail.

Next to his career as a biologist, he never lost his interest in the visual arts. During more than 15 years, he took various art courses (such as Painting and Graphic design and illustration) and studied part-time at the City Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges and St-Lucas Arts Academy in Ghent.

As a natural science illustrator, he combines his background in scientific research with excellent drawing skills to produce accurate and lifelike paintings and illustrations. As a zoologist, he mainly paints animals, but also has a strong interest in botanical, maritime archaeological and general science subjects. His work is characterized by scientific accuracy and fine details, and watercolor is his preferred medium.

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  • Book publishers: Noordhoff Uitgevers, Uitgeverij De Fontein, Academia Press Wetenschappelijke Uitgeverij, Scandinavian Fishing Year Book
  • Magazines: National Geographic, World of Animals, MUSE, Buitenleven, Wapiti
  • Province of West-Flanders, Province of Antwerp
  • Research institutions: Ghent University, Senckenberg
  • NGOs: Medics Without Vacation, Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon





9 Responses to About

  1. Hi Hendrik, amazing artwork and a well-designed website.

  2. Dear Hendrik, I just found your homepage and I am thrilled by all the different techniques you are using so perfectly. Your Copepod drawings are of the best in the field and your artwork is really beautiful!!! All the best, Gritta

  3. Harry Van Paesschen says:

    Beste Hendrik, jij hebt goud in je handen.Met zo’n talent zul je niet voor werk verveeld zitten…

  4. Frieda says:

    Heel mooie illustraties, zowel op wetenschappelijk als op artistiek vlak.

  5. Beste Hendrik, toen ik je eerste tekening zag wist ik het al, wij gaan je proberen breed in te zetten omdat jij beelden kan maken die onze beste foto- en filmbeelden te boven gaan. Ik hoop op een succesvolle samenwerking om onze Noordzee wat beter onder de aandacht van het grote publiek te brengen. Ben Stiefelhagen Get Wet Maritiem

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