When I was a kid I read the book Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater. I’m sure I’d forgotten most of the details of the book by the time I did this illustration. There was one image that stuck in my mind then (and sticks still) – the protagonist wakes in the middle of the night, long after the television stations have stopped broadcasting, to find his television on, receiving a signal. On the TV a band of lizards is playing music.
So, while the idea of doing a calender of wacky lizard drawings probably doesn’t have one specific inspiration, having the lizards playing music was inspired by Pinkwater’s novel.