Bold Colours Set Smith’s Blue Jackets Mask Apart
Jeremy Smith wanted to shift direction for his first Columbus Blue Jackets mask.
With one eye on some of Jonas Hiller’s Anaheim Ducks designs , Smith turned to Andrew Manning of Air Trix Studios with a request to “focus on simple design, bold colours and sharp contrasts.”
“While at the same time integrating modern techniques and materials,” Manning said. “He handed me the reins and said ‘design away.’ I love the look of sweeping linear designs, so for this mask we have the red and white stripes swooping down and coming across the face and carrying onto the other side. Balancing the left side are stars that get bigger towards the top of the design.”
The infamous Columbus cannon that fires with every Blue Jackets goal is on the left chin, set behind “SMITTY.”
“The ‘show’ factor comes in the way of the red chrome product and custom candy apple red powder coated cage,” Manning added. “When I mentioned this possibility to Jeremey he jumped at the idea. It’s a nice subtle balance with the reflection from the ice, and it adds an ever-changing red colour grade to the mask. It was great working with Jeremy on the mask, texting ideas back and forth and updating with images. It’s nice to have the one on one between goalie and artist, makes the goalie feel comfortable and keep them hands on since this is like a early christmas present.”
With those bold colours jumping out, it’s one a lot of goalies would welcome under the tree.
You can check out more of Manning’s work at Air Trix Studios or on their Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy these close up photos he provided of Smith’s work, including the original sketch that started the artistic back and forth between the two: