Defender of the Crown - Jeff Zatkoff, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, 2011
David about the design:
When I was a kid and played video games with my Commodore 64 one of my favorite games was Defender of the Crown... :) That is a perfect name and fits this artwork like a glove. I have painted for the Los Angeles Kings keeper Jeff Zatkoff for a couple of years now, and I love to paint for him, he knows what he wants and he always has so cool ideas.
This design is inspired from a crown of a King and a helmet of a Knight. The LA Kings Crown logo and the customized Kings logo with Jeff´s number are waved around the mask just as a King´s Crown. Around that a symphony of details in the name of Los Angeles Kings. Strong contrasts give a cool look to the design from a distance, and as you come closer new design is created in front of your eyes.
Just as usual a lot of detail work, love to do that. :) Look at the white base, you may think it is white at the first look, but when you come closer it evolves to an old school castle brick wall. Love to paint for you Jeff!
Thank you for your interest.