Kness (aka Karine Forestié) is a multi-faceted freelance illustrator. She works in digital and traditional, for print and publishing. Karine loves to draw kid related pieces, like kidlit, games, recipes, etc. She also draws animals and cute scenes usually in watercolour, and has illustrated several cookbooks, with a lot of vegetables and healthy tips !
Karine has worked in the publishing industry, is an art teacher, created the CFSL.net community, is an art event organizer, and one of the amazing artists in the “In Danger: Threatened & Endangered Animals” book. We can’t thank her enough for her four awesome watercolors. You really need to see these in the book!
“The amazon dolphin, and other freshwater dolphins, are fascinating, but because they’re ‘less cute’, they’re not as much advertised as an endangered species as the usual great dolphin or common dolphin. I tend to love the unspoken-for, the “ugly” and the less-known animals, so the Amazon dolphin was a match. It’s a really interesting animal that adapted a lot to fit in its habitat. It’s a God for some of the Amazon people.” - Kness
“I just love the behavior of the dog family. Social, affectionate, man’s best friend (somewhere along their evolutionary path), the best hunters and great at bringing up their pups. The Ethiopian wolf has a unique fur pattern that I fell in love with.” - Kness
“The narwhal is one of many whale species that I love; I’m always happy to draw unicorns. Painting this narwhal and her calf, with the missing icefields is a reminder that humans are proving unable to stop ruining the planet’s climate, for reasons that make no sense at all. I mean, we all live here...” - Kness
“The white rhino is an ambassador to wildlife conservation worldwide, but little is actually known about them. The lady rhino I painted was named Hope; she was saved after her horns were savagely cut off by poachers. She underwent several surgeries and facial reconstruction, but did not make it and died a few months later. This rhino is a symbol of what humans are able to do in terms of good and evil.” - Kness