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A 73-year-old artist paints masterpieces on the most unlikely canvas

A 73-year-old artist paints masterpieces on the most unlikely canvas

How do you think that drawing above was made? Here's a hint, the artist used a computer program that you'd never associate with art.

Ready to guess?

The drawing that you just scrolled past was created entirely in Microsoft Excel. Yes, the spreadsheet program from Microsoft Office.

“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’ " says 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi. About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decide he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

Horiuchi spent seven years practicing with his unique canvas before gaining fame by winning a Japanese Excel art contest.

There are a huge number of ways to make art with computers. That's why Horiuchi picking a format that is harder than a drawing program is so interesting to me.

What about you? Have you ever gotten creative with a program that wasn't made for creativity? Let me know in the comments.

Want to get started with digital painting? You might find this digital art program is a much better place to start.

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