The Reimer Story - James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL, 2011
David about the design:
It is so incredibly fun to create James' new mask designs. The story telling designs I created for him last year were big successes, my mailbox almost exploded of mails from James' fans. I love to create mask designs telling a story.
In this new design we tested a new style in the paintings, I created them in a retro style with old school oil paint tech, with a brush. I love to always paint with different styles and techniques.
The design is a kind of mix of James' last Toronto masks and his Team Canada mask I created for him for the World Championships. The layout with the leaf on each side creates an old school design just as the Team Canada mask. The theme is the same as on last year's Toronto mask, with paintings from James' childhood. This time painted using just an old school brush, that gives a cool retro feeling to the design.
On one side James as a kid playing hockey home at the pond, and when you look close you discover a new world of details, you see the forest in the background and the house were they are waiting for James and his friends to come inside. And on the other side once again Cherry and McLean with their hockey show painted with old school oil paint tech. James remembers how he watched it when he was a kid.
Around this theme I created an old school Toronto design, and lots and lots of details to discover when you come closer. I love to create designs that transforms into another design when you come closer and a new dimension appears in front of your eyes.
And just as last season Jesus is on the backplate, also painted with old school oil paint tech this time.