I'm a fair weather biker and so is this bear. This is the first ride of the season, the first pedal around the lake, the first indication that the cold air of winter has been replaced by warmer breezes of spring.
After nearly a decade working in advertising, I left to raise my family and in the process started making art for kids' rooms and nurseries. Now I'm an illustrator and designer focusing on creating extravagantly simple yet playful patterns, artwork and products for kids and family homes.
The idea for having the view be from the perspective of the bear didn't happen until I was nearly done with the poster design. I initially had the bear on the bike path coming at the viewer, but at the last minute decided it was funnier, or maybe more surprising, to just have hairy paws on the handlebars.
The best idea I ever had while riding a bike was that I should teach my kids to ride their own bikes so I wouldn't have to pull them in the trailer anymore. Those uphills are brutal with 60 pounds of kid behind you.
I'm inspired by my kids' imaginations and dogged persistence, along with this city and the incredible people around me.
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