Grasshopper - A vector illustration of a Meadow Grasshopper

Grasshopper

A vector illustration of a female Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus).

A closer look at the top half of the insect's head.

A closer look at the top half of the insect's head.

Parts of the wings and thorax shown here in greater detail.

Parts of the wings and thorax shown here in greater detail.

Grasshopper

Whilst not a scientific study, the aim of this artwork, created almost entirely in a vector illustration package, was to reflect this insect in its environment as accurately as possible.

A series of photographic source materials were used in the compilation of this artwork. This allowed the finer details to be examined and, it is hoped, reflected more precisely in the illustration than may otherwise have been possible.

The use of gradient meshes and transparency have been important in the compilation of this graphic. Regions within both the foreground and background of the illustration have been blurred in order to attempt to imitate the effects of a small depth of field.

Ed Merritt
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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities and media organisations. My work has been included in products published by Dorling Kindersley, Millennium House, National Geographic, Pearson Longman, Royal Horticultural Society, Taschen and Weldon Owen.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

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