Geeky Goodness: Digital Paintings Created Through Excel Spreadsheet
Artwork by Tatsuo Horiuchi
Remember Paint, the program where you could make your own masterpieces with a mouse? Well, thirteen years ago, around the time Paint was getting all the art cred, Tatsuo Horiuchi began a Microsoft Excel experiment that resulted in the images you see above and below. By using the autoshapes tool intended for graph construction, the 73-year-old artist created Japanese-style pictures that put Paint to shame.
According to Spoon & Tamago, he said, “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers... And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.” Did you get that? EXCEL IS BETTER TO PAINT WITH THAN PAINT. How delightfully ironic.
Horiuchi's work gained attention in 2006 when he won first place the Excel Autoshape Art Contest. Take a look at the most amazing pictures to come out of an Excel document: