Japanese man creates stunning art in Excel

A 73-year-old Japanese man, Tatsuo Horiuchi, has ditched the conventional use of Excel - spreadsheets - to deliver some absolutely stunning art using Microsoft's productivity tool. Why use Excel to create art like this? Horiuchi said that "other specialized graphic software is expensive, and Excel came pre-installed in PCs", while he also mentioned he found the software easy to use and more capable than physical paint.

Apparently the elderly man had never used Excel at his work, instead only seeing other people use it on their computers, and he thought that the spreadsheet software could be used to draw art. Before he retired at his job, he bought a new computer and started using Excel for that very task; in the last ten years he's become a true digital artist to the point where his work is shown at exhibitions.

The work he creates in Excel is a beautiful reflection of Japanese life and culture, and it seems clear that this man has a real talent for using software outside of its normal purpose.

Source: Kotaku

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when you buy a computer (professional grade for example) it can have office pre-installed.

PS: I went into this artist webpage (really must-be-seen artwork; the details are amazing) and i realized: why Japanese have websites that look that were made in the 90's? I've seen that not only from bloggers but companies as well.

Looks like he uses Excel 2007. Go to Kotaku source link and he is linked at the bottom of Kotaku's post. On his page, there is a reference link to Excel 2007 and what appears to be a detail of how he uses it to create the art (http://www92.odn.ne.jp/~cbl97790/kakikataHSK07.htm). I can't translate but that's what it appears to be as far as I can guess.

Have to give that guy some props, that's some amazing creative work!

EDIT: He did use Excel2003 after all. Maybe he now uses 2007?? Bing Translator only helps a little

Edited by Armageddon X, May 25 2013, 6:54am :

Just one of the many things you can do in retirement...

If you're reading this Tatsuo, please make sure you backup your work! Mind to share some code?

And he wasn't American (joke for anyone following my recent threads tonight) but seriously amazing work. Excellent!

Yeah this guy deserve some props for the time and effort. It's awesome he can create something so beautiful and enjoy doing it.

i once meet a lady that made CAD drawings in excel...in scale. it was amazing. why? - i asked her - because CAD software is expensive and Excel was pre installed.

Praetor said,
i once meet a lady that made CAD drawings in excel...in scale. it was amazing. why? - i asked her - because CAD software is expensive and Excel was pre installed.

Praetor said,
i once meet a lady that made CAD drawings in excel...in scale. it was amazing. why? - i asked her - because CAD software is expensive and Excel was pre installed.

Wow. LOL