I made this illustration for my father’s birthday card this summer. He had a close encounter with a squirrel in a park in Warsaw some years ago, and the picture of the two of them really inspired me. Almost every time someone close to me have a birthday, and I want to make a special card for them, I say to myself “What animal would that person be?”. I also ask around to see what other people think. There was a mutual understanding that my father would be a friendly bear.