What with the return of the light we see an increased capacity for activity in most large animals of the arctic. Some would call it somnolence, but it's more properly akin to torpor. Whatever... I'll get off the couch eventually.
The penciled panel is another good example of how to methodically build up the layers while sketching out a scene. Put another way, it's a process of ttreating objects as though they are transparent, so as to better situate and align elements for compositional clarity with linear perspective.
And, as with most of my work, I simply have no idea where I get my inspiration. None whatsoever.