Carl Wiens - Illustrator

Illustrator Carl Wiens has enjoyed a successful career spanning more than thirty years. Carl finds his inspiration in science and nature, 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. He also has a passion for music and listens while painting and drawing.

Carl's work has been internationally recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3 x 3 and the Applied Arts Annual. He has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, Barron's and Esquire. His book projects include Sci-Fi Baby Names, The Art of Roughhousing, Wild Buildings and Bridges and Finna.

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 dog, Kona, two sons and lovely wife, Kim. When he's not busy with his illustration work, Carl enjoys cycling, kayaking, stargazing, chopping lots of wood and playing hockey.
Twitter: @carlwiens
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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