As Tarik El-Bashir noted earlier today, Semyon Varlamov has a new mask, and the long (nine-hour) wait to see some great pictures of it is over. Designed by David Gunnarsson (the same fellow who designed his last mask), "[t]he design is a symphony of photo-realistic motifs, graphics and 3-D effects," and the artist gives this guided tour of the bucket:
On one side a powerful American eagle rules, together with buildings from DC, while the Russian double headed eagle rules on the other side, a side that is even more red.
On the top the mighty Caps eagle spreads its wings, creating graphics making the whole very powerful and contrast-rich. The stars dance all over the place and frame the design together with the Capitals logos on the sides. And on each side respective country's flag is flying in cool 3-D look. The name on the chin adds even more personal touch. The line graphics is inspired by the team uniform.
So what does that look like? Behold:
via daveart.com; click for more shots of the mask
It certainly lacks neither stars nor eagles. Now, if we could only see that on the ice at Verizon Center some time in the not-too-distant future...