This was inspired by the famous Gobi Desert location where
some of the first dinosaur eggs were discovered in Mongolia,
around 1922. A dream I had one night was the reason I made this
image. In the dream, I was looking up near the top of the Flaming
Cliffs and saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull embedded in the rock.
However, I was completely unable to achieve that particular effect.
But for the first time, I was able to use actual scanned pieces
of the cliffs, the dunes and a clutch of the actual dinosaur
eggs found there. The lizard and camel caravan were supposed
to help identify it as the Gobi Desert. It looked kind of cool
so I didn't mind how it turned out. As a little boy, I was very
serious about paleontology. Back then I was always struggling
to make my dinosaur artwork look as good at the book illustrations.
I never succeeded but somehow I've managed to eventually get
paid for creating art.