Carl Wiens - Illustrator

Illustrator Carl Wiens has enjoyed a successful career spanning more than 25 years. Carl finds his inspiration in the mechanics of the world around him and is fascinated by robots, insects and exoplanets.

Carl grew up near Point Pelee National Park where he sketched birds and collected butterflies. Being outside and surrounded by nature has been a source of energy and creativity for Carl. His father, a carpenter, taught him how to build and make things by hand.

Largely conceptual, his editorial work has been internationally recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3 x 3 and Applied Arts Annual. Carl's work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, SmartMoney, Fast Company, Businessweek, Barron's Weekly and Esquire. His book projects include Sci-Fi Baby Names, The Man's Guide to Underwear Repair, The Art of Roughhousing and We Have Always Lived on Mars (currently being adapted into a Hollywood screenplay).

In addition to his art, Carl teaches science- and technology-based illustration at Sheridan College where he is continually inspired by the dedication and creativity of the next generation of illustrators.

Carl lives in Belleville with his akdoodle dog Kona, two sons and lovely wife, Kim. When he's not busy with his illustration work, Carl enjoys relaxing in his log cabin, cycling, canoeing in Algonquin and Temagami, stargazing, chopping lots of wood and playing hockey.
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Wild Buildings and Bridges

2020 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice Awards, Short-listed
2019 - Information Book Award, Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, California Reading Association, Honor Book
2018 - Youth Book Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, Short-listed
2018 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed