Ron Cole began his career as an industrial designer and product development engineer in Los Angeles, California in 2001, working for 3D Industrial Design. Over the next several years Ron designed toys for Mattel’s Hot Wheels and Barbie lines, designed and built character study and special effects models for Hollywood films (Cat & the Hat, Shark Tales, The Aviator, Terminator III, and others), and built scale models for the aerospace industry and architects/developers. Creating a unique and visually stimulating method of rendering 2D illustrations for these same companies, Ron started his own business, HiDef Design, in 2005, also based in LA.
In 2008 Ron started a new business, Cole’s Aircraft. Applying his unique 2D process, that combined old-fashioned hand-painting and digital-painting, to the historic aviation genre’, Ron entered the market of aviation art. Witnessing the sad passing of veterans who had previously autographed aviation art prints, Ron created new products that combined aircraft art and pieces of actual historic aircraft in wall-hanging displays. Like most artists, Ron also began accepting commissioned work.
Cole’s Aircraft currently has more than 250 unique products, is a major sponsor of the Precious Metal Racing Team, and partners with Legend Flyers, Zoukei Mura Inc, Aviattic Models, and numerous world-wide aviation museums and non-profit organizations.
We are the pioneers of the Warbird and pinup retro revival. Now in our 6th season of production we have acquired an international audience of well over 100,00 fans in Facebook. Starting in 2009 we created the first edition of the Warbird Pinup Girls annual calendar which features authentic 1940’s pinup girls along with all flighty worthy WWII warbirds. To date we have not reshot any of our warbirds and it is our mission to highlight all the remaining flightworthy warbirds in the country along with our beauties. The Warbird Pinup Girls have become known for their support for our nations military with donations to our active service members as well as our heritage in the form of bios and stories of our WWII veterans on our website. New for 2015 we have introduced for the first time allied aircraft to honor our brothers from Europe and around the world with the release of “Yanks & Allies” . The Warbird Pinup Girls have created a wave of which we are being call “a masterpiece of artistic quality, honor and patriotism to the greatest generation and aviation history”. Please join us at http://www.warbirdpinups.com and on our ever growing world wide presence on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/pages/Warbird-Pinup-Girls/195168749566?ref_type=bookmark
The Flight Artworks web pages feature a growing collection of photorealistic pictures of historic scenes in aviation made by Gary Eason. The place to buy AVIATION PRINTS and to license reproductions.