Light Painting with a Drone (2017- in progress)

This artwork is composed of six photographs, captured with the technique of light painting using a flying robot with a yellow LED attached to it, to create mathematically inspired drawings. The photographic technique of light painting consists of creating drawings with light sources during long exposure photographs.

This experience is part of an artistic investigation of drone’s expressivity as drawers and the nature of lines created by its trajectories. The artistic subject of this experiment is the drone’s movements and its formal characteristics. Thus, the forms explored in this experiment are abstract, and there is no attempt for creating narratives or representing elements of the three-dimensional world.

In this series of pictures, there are six iterations of Lissajous curves, ranging from simple to complex forms. Mathematically, a Lissajous curve is a planar curve resulting from simultaneous harmonic motion in two coordinates. The movements in both coordinates can either be in phase or not, in tune (same frequency) or not, and have different amplitudes or not. In this experience, the drone flew at a high velocity, and its trajectory gave rise to dynamic, smooth lines against a black background.

New work coming soon!

Julia Zamboni- Artistic conceptualization and design 

Bruno Carvalho - Robot control

Natasha Vesper - Photographer

Supervising Professor: Luis Rodrigues


NSERC funded the drone

The photographer of this project was personally funded by Dr. Luis Rodrigues.


Concordia University

Luis Rodrigues and HYCONS lab 



CAPES (Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior)