I was having an artistic slump several months back where I felt compelled to draw but had neither energy nor inspiration. The best cure to this, I have found, is to make yourself draw something requiring experimentation but not perspiration. I hadn’t used my colored pencils for a while, and I hadn’t attempted backgrounds for a while, either, so I sketched out what I considered to be the Quintessential Dragon and, inspired by a small oil painting from James Gurney’s “Dinotopia,” added in the little kite-flying girl and stuck her in a mountain environment, playing the draconic version of yarn-in-front-of-kittens. Gurney is probably my all-time favorite artist, and you can see his influence not only in the subject matter but the girl’s clothing. (I strongly urge everybody to purchase “Dinotopia;” it has nothing to do with the TV movie and I have personally learned an incalculable number of things from studying his work.) The butterflies are a bit pukishly cute, but I’m pleased with the overall result.