Mike Condon boasts a sketched story on new mask
The Ottawa Senators decided that Mike Condon had done enough for them last year to keep him around long-term.
After a disastrous year, thrown to the wolves by the Montreal Canadiens, the undrafted Massachusetts native found himself briefly with the Pittsburgh Penguins – then dealt to Ottawa, where he was expected to be a sporadic backup at best.
Instead, he found himself thrust into an occasional starter role for the Senators, tasked with keeping the team in the playoff chase during a time when their beloved starter was home with his wife to support her during chemo treatments.
Luckily, he rose to the occasion in excellent style, earning himself a three-year extension just ahead of free agency to keep him with the city he’d lent such an incredible hand to.
Now, saddled with a fresh new deal, he’ll head into the season with an even fresher new lid. Take a look:
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Today we have the pleasure to unleash Mike Condon’s latest Ottawa Senators mask👊🏻. Mike and I brainstormed a lot for this design, Mike had a cool idea and I made some sketches based on that🎨. Step by step we reached the final design solution and I started to paint🚦. A clean look on a distance, but up close it is a true Storyteller📕. Mike is a big fan of the old team logo, and then a helmet from a roman centurion is in the focus in this design, created with Sketch Tech and also the DaveArt 4-D Experience. Thanks Mike! I am so proud to be your artist! 🙏🏻💪🏻🎨 @condibear @senators #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓 @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity
Titled “Legends of the Senators”, the mask is a Roman-era masterpiece told with rough-spun sketch designs.
“Mike is a big fan of the old team logo,” Gunnarsson wrote via Instagram, “and then a helmet from a roman centurion is in the focus in this design, created with Sketch Tech and also the DaveArt 4-D Experience.”
The sketches bring an extra element of old-school, almost storybook fantasy to the mask, which has a Roman feel to it from start to finish. The top boasts the classic Senators logo, used when the team first arrived back in Ottawa in 1992, and the sides are adorned with subtle, sketch-only gladiator helmets to go with the deep red background.
The chin boasts an unfinished feel, serving as the only white portion of the mask other than the Senator’s face and Condon’s cage, with only a simple sketch of a clover serving as decoration.
Condon has used the classic Senators logo on his mask before, putting it in a similar location on his Ron Tugnutt replica last season (designed by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush). This one is a complete departure from that design, though, looking as raw and unfinished as that one was clean and polished.
It’s equally eye-catching, though, cleanly executing the other extreme of mask design.