Day 2 of inktober! Today's prompt is the thorny dragon (also known as the thorny devil) from Australia.
Actually not my favourite illustration I've ever done because I rushed it but reminding myself that we have a long way to go yet in October and I don't have to love every piece I make.
The skin of the thorny dragon is entirely covered in thorny ridges which actually helps the thorny dragon to hydrate itself! When any part of the thorny dragon's skin comes into contact with moisture (usually one of the legs), the skin and ridges act in a capillary fashion to move the moisture from the limbs to the mouth of the animal. On the backs of their heads in a "false" head which they use when threatened, by burying their real head and presenting the false head to predators.