Biography of Randall
Mr. Whitcomb has received no
formal painting or airbrush training. His paintings are painstakingly
done in acrylics making some use of the airbrush. The layout and
concept are always original ideas and not copies of photographs although
photos are sometimes used
as references for the extreme detail his work invariably contains.
Once he has an image solidified in his mind's eye; the background
is usually painted directly without any pencil drawings while simple
line drawings are made of the actual aircraft to perfect the form,
proportions and perspective. The actual painting involves every technique
one can think of (and perhaps then some) with heavy use of transparent
layering effects with a fine brush. His unique technique is self
taught and constantly evolving. Before and during each painting,
many hours of research are invested to ensure historical and technical
accuracy of each piece. Some of Whitcomb's new smaller editions are
multi-media depictions using a variety of techniques, sometimes combining
photos taken by the artist with painting and digital rendering. None
of this is automated with the "brush" in
the latter case being the artist's hand moving a mouse in Photoshop.
This artist's first
Aviation Art painting was done as recently as 1991, due to an implied
order; by the Deputy Commanding Officer of 425 (Alouettes) Fighter
Squadron and was a painting commemorating their 50th Anniversary.
Since this time he has done paintings as private ventures and under
commission by various Squadrons and individuals including 419 (Moose)
Squadron for their close out reunion, and by the Snowbirds to produce
their Official 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition.
Randall's choice of
historical military aviation subjects is based in part on his desire
to preserve and promote the legacy of individuals who displayed such
powerful dedication to a higher cause. A real motivation for the
artist has been meeting veterans as well as serving pilots. Some
of the stories are incredible, and the contributions to aviation
of many individuals who started their aviation careers with military
service, are equally impressive. His appreciation for the beauty
of aircraft and flight is apparent with the depiction usually representing
a flyers perspective.
A measure of this young
artist's potential in his new career is the fact that Canada's National
Aviation Museum has added all of Mr. Whitcomb's Limited Editions
to their permanent collection. His work is featured at essentially
every major Canadian Aviation Museum and can be seen at the Imperial
War Museum as well as Duxford and Hendon Museums in Great Britain.
He has been twice featured on the cover of Airforce Magazine, and
his work included in several books, magazines, newspapers and other
media. Considering his youth and that the pieces shown are literally
the first paintings of this type done by this rising new talent,
one can see the potential for these early pieces to appreciate dramatically.
In 2002 Whitcomb's
first book; Avro Aircraft & Cold War Aviation was published.
This book is being hailed by those closest to the Avro story as the
definitive book on the subject. Of course, many of Whitcomb's images
grace this book. After taking a break from releasing artwork while
finishing his book, Whitcomb has released several new works and new
smaller versions of some of his sold-out earlier series. Whitcomb
is available for speaking engagements on Avro and is working on his
next book, an expos; of the corrupt Central Banking system in place
in the West and the impact this has had on our history, political
system and economic, societal and evironmental freedom and well being.