Swedish artist David Gunnarsson released photos of the newest mask he finished painting this morning. Lo and behold, it’s for Washington Capitals starting goaltender Braden Holtby. Gunnarsson has entitled it “Number 70 of the Capitals.” The mask is stylized to go with the Caps’ third jerseys, the same vintage sweaters that they wore during the Winter Classic in 2011.
Gunnarsson, in his very odd/excitable dialect, walked us through the story behind Holtby’s new bucket on his Facebook page.
It was very exciting to create this old school piece. I came up with the design an early summer morning. The goal was a design that delivers in all angles.
The whole design is built on Capitals third uniform. On a distance the design is a clean classic design in total sync with the uniform, and the closer you come #Holtby ´s artwork it is transforming into a full-blown tribute to the Capital city of America.
I just love to create details, and the american bald eagles painted in this #Washington #Capitals design is the key to explore the design.
This is the second new mask Holtby will wear this season. He debuted the other one, which features a jailed eagle with the words “Do not feed the animal,” in September.