Carl Wiens
March 2010
At play
'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.'

Charlie Parker

A handful
A handful of recent work
The use of biometric measurement (palm vein patterns/retinal scans) for Security Management
Global Markets for Wall Street Journal, assignment for Dave Bamundo
Can a nuclear-armed Iran be effectively contained? Big question.
David Sanger in NYT's Week in Review calls it a near-inevitability and discusses arguments and options.
Thanks to Kelly Doe, a challenging assignment!

Some sketches here
I've been listening to the birds singing again in the treetops, watching the snow melt. The backyard rink is officially toast, a slush heap. The kids finished it off today. You can't help but think about spring. it's in the air!
In honor of the return of our feathered friends, i thought I would post the Birdhouse City project, something I undertook a number of years ago. Birdhouse City is a real place, located on the outskirts of my hometown, Picton, Ontario. It was founded, built and maintained by volunteers. There are a lot of bird lovers out there and a huge amount of work went into creating the birdhouses found here, all hand-built originals. There are numerous models of local attractions and architecture as well as whimsical and complicated structures. Take a tour, it begins here.
Organizing, cataloging, drawing and coloring 108 birdhouses was a bit obsessive, but I also found it to be deeply rewarding.
Two of these were printed in American Illustration 25. I've also put up a handful of these up over at Illogator. Check it out!

the print
the background
the separations
first pass
second pass
third pass
the pull
fourth pass
the series
the final
I wanted to experiment with screen printing over a collage background. I took photos of the process, and I was very pleased with the results.
the plug - if you are interested, I have these up for sale at illogator
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