Vachon Tribute - Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, 2011
David about the design:
The Los Angeles Kings keeper Jonathan Bernier´s new vintage mask is created for the alternate uniform. It is so fun and creative to paint for Jonathan Bernier, and the previous LA mask I created for Jonathan was chosen by Kevin Weekes as the # 1 of all masks in the NHL. This design is very different from Jonathan´s other LA masks where he always wants the lion face on the top. This design is very unique, it is created with the vintage colors in yellow and purple, and the design is just as last years vintage mask a tribute to the LA Kings goalie legend Rogie Vachon.
When you look on the mask from a distance it is a very old school design, crisp and clean. And when you come closer you discover a new world of details that tie the whole together. It also connects with Jonathan´s previous LA masks. On one side I created an artwork with Vachon, I painted him in action together with his old school hockey card, and his signature and number. You also find details from Jonathan´s earlier masks, and as usual lots and lots of details and 3-D effects. I love to put a lot of thought into every detail.
Thanks for your interest.