After a few months researching drone art, I published an essay about how artists have interpreted unmanned warfare inside the deviantART community. I looked at everything from the sketches of John James Audubon to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Check out my deviantART gallery of drone art to see all my inspiration.
Here's an excerpt from my article: "Unmanned airplanes and other robotic fighting machines will obsess popular culture for years to come, and deviantART has already become a hub for drone art. Artists have tagged more than 19,000 posts with the word "drones" inventing everything from robots with laser cannons to My Little Pony drone horses to alien machinery to sleek unmanned airplanes to gorgeous robot blimps mining gas on distant stars."
If you want to read more about real-life drone warfare, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer described a CIA drone attack in Pakistan in 2009, a chilling record of these deadly unmanned strikes. You can read the article at this link: "The drones, which make a buzzing noise, are nicknamed machay ("wasps") by the Pashtun natives, and can sometimes be seen and heard, depending on weather conditions. Before the mourners could clear out, the eyewitness said, two drones started firing into the crowd. 'It created havoc,' he said. 'There was smoke and dust everywhere. Injured people were crying and asking for help." Then a third missile hit. "I fell to the ground,' he said."