MesoAmerica’s Most Famous Feathered Serpent
Quetzalcoatl is possibly both the most revered and maligned of our deities from Mesoamerica. From what I can tell, your opinion of said beast is dependent on who you learned about him from.
If say you were to listen to a conquistador, who’s business was conquest and the justification of said activity, it’s very possible you’ve heard of countless human sacrifices and fields dripping with gore, debouch and witchery all dedicated to the horrendous wishes of this serpentine nightmare of a pagan god.
If say you had an ancient mesoamerican uncle, he may tell a very different story. How ol’ Quetz’ was lord of the air, winds, and rain, about how he brought life to man and then taught him crafts, arts and agricultural prowess. How he created the modern calendar, realized corn was an edible thing, and somehow… with all these great feats… he was still grounded to the commoners by his especially tight bond with possums?
Now I’m not here to tell you what to believe, I’m just here to tell you how to draw this beast. So in my opinion, the only really important aspect to keep in mind, is that his name simply means “feathered serpent” he was from mesoamerica, so think squat flat topped pyramids and cities of gold and that he was considered to be one hell of an important guy!
Now for those of you who still need a lil more. Here’s some descriptors to work with, feel free to use, exaggerate or completely ignore:
- He’s a serpent with feathers, generally grouped about his head in festive fashion, sometimes dangling from his tail and occasionally, when imagined thusly, on his wings
- Hails from Mesoamerica and some version of him persisted through most of the famed great cultures there
- Is often shown flying through air in a generally dragon-like manner
- Best case scenario, he’s a mighty god of creation, rebirth and learning
- Worst case, he lives for nothing but sweet spilled blood of virgins
- He’s way into possums, for what reason, I have no clue…
That’s it! All I ask is you don’t try too hard and have fun with it! We’ll close off submissions for judgement midnight of Friday the 13th… As always our judge’s favorite wins a shirt, so get your asses doodling!
A lil marker a lil mystery and lil bit of first time drawers credit brings this one to the top of our stack this round… well that and the fact that it feels entertainingly like the cover of a 1980s divorce pamphlet! Nice job and thanks everyone!
Disagree if you must but know that judgement is law and to the winner a shirt will go…. Thanks to drawers and judges alike. And even though the contest is done we’ll always welcome new Misfit Toy drawings for the archives! So draw on and remember, 25 beasts drawn earns you a shirt!