Japanese man makes beautiful art using… Microsoft Excel

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When I first saw an image of Tatsuo Horiuchi’s work, I was certain that he either painted it or used some well-known program like Illustrator. Then I discovered that he actually uses Microsoft Excel to make everything come to life and it made the whole thing even more impressive than it already is. Because, who does that?

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According to a translation by Kotaku, Horiuchi chooses to use Excel because other programs tend to be more expensive and the spreadsheet program came preinstalled on his PC. The idea that Excel could create such beautiful art also came about when he saw coworkers drawing graphs and quite interestingly, he also found it to be “easy to use and more capable than actual paint.”

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While it might be easy to say that there are countless of open source software for creating art that Horiuchi could easily download for free, he also felt like doing something new after retiring from his job. And with art like this created using a program designed for spreadsheets, I think he’s succeeded.

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[via PC Online, Kotaku]

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7 comments

  1. Bruce Fraser

    [@jayesstee]

    I think he’s NOT using cells. Look at the first photo: it clearly shows a drawing overlaying a table. The image on the far right further shows a drawing with nodes for moving it around; you can’t do that with cells from a table.
    How, then? Microsoft Office (of which Excel is a part) includes a reasonably capable drawing program. I think that’s what he used.
    It’s no less amazing, just the same.

  2. jayesstee

    [@drvajra]
    Presumably, very small coloured/colored cells, used as pixels.  A selected cell or a selected group of cells can be filled with a colour/color from the Excel “home” menu.
    Kinda like embroidery without any sharp needles?

  3. Seamus McSeamus

    Wow. In a million years you wouldn’t look at his artwork and guess that he used Excel to create it. It does highlight the diversity of the program, though… there have been several text-based games programmed in Excel.