After waging a tough battle in training camp with the man who eventually won the Blues’ backup job, Brian Elliott, towering Ben Bishop was disappointed to find himself back in the AHL. So we may not see a great deal of this new mask designed and created by Artist Dave Gunnarsson, which is unfortunate because this is an incredible work of art that belongs on the big stage. Still, Elliott himself has one of the sharper lids in the league that InGoal was happy to bring readers recently.
Gunnarsson describes the mask,
Ben Bishop wanted me to create a design that is a tribute to the club of St Louis Blues with it’s so beautiful logos and colors. He also wanted to include the old Arena of St Louis.
The design is totally inspired by music and the waves of music, we wanted it to feel like music. So I created it with playfulness, and the design floats in music lines. The white area on the side are inspired both from the jersey and from a music book with its notes, and around yellow waving lines inspired by the jersey are playing, with even more music notes. The yellow lines are of course five on the mask, just as the lines in music.
Everything created with balance and 3D and extreme detail work, a design to discover both from a distance and up close.
The old arena is created in a sketchy style in the white area, and if you look close in the blue tones you will find music notes play even in the blue metallic…