Karolien Raeymaekers (January 15, 1988) is a Belgian animator and illustrator. She was born and raised in Geel, Flanders, where she spent most of her time drawing fauna and flora in the open countryside. Since she was very young, she already knew she wanted to become an animator. Beside animals and nature, she was fascinated by animation film and how drawings can come to life. Young Karolien practiced Disney characters, cats and mermaids in old phone books at home and later also during class. Together with her boyfriend Joris, who is also an animator, she now lives in Ghent, where she studied animation at the Royal Academy of Arts. She graduated in 2014 with her shortfilm “Oma”.