After two games' worth of traversing wacky worlds of all kinds and hearing the same funky tunes on loop, by Year of the Dragon you would have to think Sparx was a little tired of it.
This started out as a sketch of classic Spyro (note the hind legs/paws), turned into a finished computer clipart-ish thing, looked lonely, added a generic happy-mountainy-grassy background, realized Spyro needed a reason for his funny shading and added Sparx having a freakout to justify it.
And the sad thing is, that's how most of my art comes into being - second thought after second thought, mistake after mistake. Pity.
Also, ignore the grass, or if you notice it DON'T SAY ANYTHING TO ME ABOUT IT, because my right wrist will come up with 103 ways to kill you all dead.
OH OH OH
And Mario Kart Wii is a blast. They finally did WiFi right.