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Monarch: The Tragic King of California

Posted in Art, Body Modification, Soap Box with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by RedGrimRune
Monarch: The Tragic King of California

Ink wash & paint pens on Bristol paper

This is my new character, Monarch: The Tragic King of California. I’ll be making a lot of pieces with him featured, mostly because all the pieces of him are fun for me to draw: the tattoos, the hoodie, the weird shape of his hands, and of course, the bear head.

To clarify, he is a bear-man. He has all the tendencies of a bear, but is cursed with the form of a man.

Historically, Monarch was a California grizzly bear who “was captured in 1889 in a publicity stunt concocted by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and kept for 22 years in a cage (and became) California’s last captive grizzly”. After his death in 1911, his likeness was used for the California flag. Ironically, his death, and the following death of the remaining few CA grizzlies, signaled the extinction of their species in the region in which they are the state animal for.

In the flesh.

In the flesh.

He has been immortalized by being skinned, stuffed and put on display at the California Academy of Sciences, where we can gawk at him today.

His throne.

His throne.

His skeleton is being used for study at UC Berkeley’s Zoology department, however, his skull is currently missing. Maybe it belongs to The Tragic King, it’s rightful owner.

I’m not much of an environmentalist, or humanitarian, but I have focused  causes. And if I can’t help the causes monetarily or physically, I’ll at least make art about it to get the word out there! Every Californian should know about Monarch,

Cheers!

-Xander “Grim” K.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/CA-grizzly-bear-Monarch-a-symbol-of-suffering-2372855.php#ixzz2IML7AOMK

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Monarch Lives (Sketch)

Posted in Art, Soap Box with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by RedGrimRune

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Behold, Monarch. The living tragedy of California. You’ll be seeing a lot of him soon! This is (obviously) just a sketch, but I already have a lot of ideas about him and a pretty awesome painting mostly done. Keep an eye out for him.

Updated!

Posted in 6th Circle, Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by RedGrimRune

Sooo… Did I mention I was bad at updating blogs?  I know its been a while since my last update, but now that I have a SkyNet phone, y’all should see me updating more regularly.

Anyhow, my two webcomics are in full swing now. If you’re not already reading them, check them out!

6th Circle – Tattoos, Metal & Nerdery!

The Historically Accurate Adventures of Jack & Voytek

My little team of writers and I have been showing off our merch at various conventions including the Alternative Press Expo, and the first Image Expo. If you missed us, don’t worry, we’re just getting started!

I’ll be posting more of my artwork here as I work on it. Like this:

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Tank’s bio pic in progress for 6th Circle’s character profile page. I’ll have it watercolored in no time!

Cheers, folks. Its good to be back!
-Xander