When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel.
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Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free graphing software.Horiuchi even dabbled with Microsoft Word, but found it to be too restrictive in its paper sizing.
There is far more freedom for the artist to expand on his pieces in Excel.Since his discovery of the program’s artistic functions and his ability to utilize the software’s capabilities, Horiuchi has gone on to win competitions with his work.
Most notably taking first prize at the Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006.Horiuchi’s been interested in graphic arts for quite some time and it was only a matter of choosing the most affordable and practical software.