I was approached to test my hand at creating my own original design for the mask of the Detroit Red Wing’s goaltender Jimmy Howard. The mask painter was asking for suggestions on how to approach Howard’s new mask and this is what I came up with. I was asked to conform to including certain logo’s, trademarks, and iconography – however, my designs were ultimately not chosen.
We were thinking along the lines of Detroit Rock City (guitars and famous Michigan rock icons), Car-stripes, Detroit Landmarks, and inspiring past Red Wing players.
I do not have a background in design, and was teaching myself how to use Adobe Illustrator to create these rough drafts. I thought it would be easiest to get my concepts across by creating a rough collage in 2-dimensions. Here are some of my draft-ideas: