When Tatsuo Horiuchi got retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on expensive paints, brushes, and canvases, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. For over 15 years, he has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests, all on the free graphing software.
The 77-year-old artist says that he prefers Excel even over Microsoft Paint because it has “more functions and is easier to use.” Using simple vector drawing tools developed primarily for graphs and simple shapes, Horiuch is creating amazingly intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape. Let’s take a look at some of his artwork in the pictures below:
Check out how many layers are there in this image!
You can explore more of Horiuchi’s stunning Excel drawings on his website.
As Horiuchi wields Excel like Michelangelo did paint and brushes, he is named as “Michaelangelo of Excel.” His artwork has been on the web for years and also featured in Gunma Museum of Art, Japan. He is also the winner of the Excel Autoshape Art Contest.
Nobody would have ever realized MS Excel could be used to create such beautiful pictures.
Earlier, we have also seen some MS Paint masterpieces created by Pat Hines. Think it’s time we should stop underestimating the real potential of software and apps.