Everything You Need To Know to Draw the Puca!

The Puca

The Puca

Celtic Folklore’s Shapeshifting Harvest Spirit

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Shapeshifters are always a lil tough to describe, but fun as hell to draw cause really there’s no rules. Plus it’s getting on harvest time so I figure we should get with the season… So let’s do this.

A Puca can take the form of a horse, cat, rabbit, raven, fox, wolf, goat etc, or as a human. But in human form it almost always carries with it some of it’s animal features (rabbit ears, goat legs etc… you know the routine). And as a bonus, supposedly most any shape it takes, it’s dark and mysterious.

Now there’s lots of literature out there, discussing whether or not Pucas bring good or bad fortune to those they encounter in their day to day lives… seems the answer to that argument is both. But we’re going to concern ourselves specifically with the harvest season. Because dammit I wanna know what “Puca Blasted” means. What’s Puca Blasted you ask? Well I’m not sure… but i can tell you that, during the Samhain harvest festival, a certain percentage of the crops were left in the fields as gift to the Pucas as hope that it would improve the next years offerings. After the festival, all those crops left out, were considered Puca blasted (or fairy sprayed or any number of spirit names associated with a tainting process). If you wish, I’ll let you the drawer decide!

Now here’s a few descriptors for those who hate paragraphs:

  • An old Irish spirit
  • Can shapeshift into any number of things including a horse, cat, rabbit, raven, fox, wolf, goat
  • It can also take human form, but almost always carries with it some animal attributes
  • Regardless of the shape it’s always dark and mysterious
  • Capable of bringing good fortune or bad luck
  • Potentially does something hideous to crops left to it as an offering after Samhain

That’s what you’ve got! We’ve been hurting for drawings, so if you’re here, reading this, give it a try! All I ask is you don’t try too hard and have fun! We’ll close off submissions for judgement midnight of Friday the 6th… As always, We’ll gather the judges council and pick one to win a shirt, so get your asses doodling!

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The Puca Entry # 1

The Puca Entry # 1

Our artist is calling it “Bottle of Fuseli” which, cause I’m an idiot, humorously, took me a second to think swiss painter of the nightmare, and not that fun twisty pasta! And you know I sorta gotta agree that you’ve nailed that carefree chest sitting nightmare the artist was famed for… though your nightmare is pretty dang cute! (insert mr fox’s click click whistle here!)

The Puca Entry # 2

The Puca Entry # 2

You know I gotta say I’m pretty happy that pop culture has finally allowed rabbits into the creepy category… I mean in old timey stories they just did nice stuff and looked adorable (well and pass along scarlet fever) … But, decades of cartoon violence and a cameo in a movie or two and nowadays we get murderbunnies galore! Serious points for making a carrot look just as cold and lifeless as this guys eyes!

The Puca Entry # 3

The Puca Entry # 3

You just know this sexy beast is holding a diet coke just out of frame! (One thing I’ve learned from TV, is well muscled, shirtless dudes, love low calorie refreshment!)

The Puca Entry # 4

The Puca Entry # 4

Man… now that I see it on screen, it’s like some weird ass cross between Opus and Niel Hamburger! I pondered all sorts of atrocious harvest “blastings” but settled on a light dusting of adorable spiders!

The Puca Entry # 5

The Puca Entry # 5

Man what doesn’t look better peering around a tree? …and that furry vest slash potential furry romper is kinda amazingly textured… and might I add sexy as hell! ha! And look at those lil trumpy fingers! Well played sir!

The Puca Entry # 6

The Puca Entry # 6

I know those are goat or sheep legs or something but its way weirder if for that odd second you realize it looks like hairy spider fangs… and now I’m terrified with the concept that handful of parsnips or not… He’s got 8 eyes hiding under those jorts…

The Puca Entry # 7

The Puca Entry # 7

Everyone always gives bacteria so much credit when it comes to year end decomposition. But really it’s the myriad of funghi and the lil squirmy beasts that do all the heavy lifting as demonstrated here! Man… thinking about it… I bet a snail with armpits smells like hell… so moist!