Check it out: graffiti artist KATSU uses a multirotor to create art, which will be featured in a gallery in San Jose, CA. According to The Hole gallery, which will be hosting the works at the first Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair, KATSU spent several months experimenting with different weights of paint and different methods for activating the spray cans. Alongside the paintings, the gallery will show a video of how the works were made and the technology that KATSU used to create them.
KATSU apparently began work on the drones with the intention of programming them to write graffiti. In the end, it seems that their results became too imperfect: the force of their twirling propellers would whip the paint around, and the force of the paint would cause the drone to wobble as it attempted to stabilize itself. While that creates a decidedly abstract result, it was still created by KATSU’s hand — just a few steps removed and distinctly colored by the drone.