These days, it seems like the possibilities for creating art are endless, thanks to new technologies like Photoshop. However, this man makes the most amazing pieces of art not with oil and canvas, but with Microsoft Excel. That’s right! See how the inspiring 80-year-old does it…
A New Hobby In Retirement
Believe it or not, Tatsuo Horiuchi, an 80-year-old artist from Japan, started developing his Microsoft Excel spreadsheet style more than 20 years ago! It all began when Horiuchi retired from his job in the office supplies and medical equipment industries. Soon enough, he felt very bored without a hobby. However, when he tried to paint or sculpt, Horiuchi found the work incredibly difficult. Without the proper skills and the income to lean them, the older man looked for something else. That’s how he began painting in Excel! As the artist explains, it’s easier to work in the program than you might think!
“It [Excel] has more functions and is easier to use,” Horiuchi explained. “I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that.'” Still, while the 80-year-old had some experience in Excel before this, there was alot to learn. Along the way, he’s learned how to draw quite a bit in the program!
Learning To Paint In Excel
During the first three years, Horiuchi began with the basics: grass, vegetables, and the like. “I drew everything I could see,” the 80-year-old artist explained. “During the next three years, I practiced combining the motifs one by one to make a painting.” While the art remains completely digital, Horiuchi does add in traditional elements from Japanese art. These elements include brush strokes, cherry blossom trees, waterfalls, Mount Fuji, sunrise sceneries, among many others.
For those wondering, the process is actually more complicated than Photoshop artwork. After all, this requires graphing knowledge as well! It also makes the process one of discovery for the artist. “I don’t know when the picture itself will be evaluated by subtracting the unusualness of drawing it in Excel. I don’t know when it will be a nice picture,” Horiuchi stated.
An Overwhelming Passion
After six years of working in Excel, Horiuchi finally felt ready to share his work with the world. Nearly 15 years ago, he entered a PC drawing contest, coming out on top! Since then, his artwork has been the highlight of magazine spreads and hung in galleries like the Gunma Museum of Art.
Not only that, but Horiuchi now teaches others his way of art – allowing him to remain active in his retirement. For people like this 80-year-old artist, retirement’s not really the end. Instead, it’s a time to explore and find new hobbies. And Horiuchi could not feel more proud of himself. “There are a lot of people who do nothing in their second life,” he said. Meanwhile, the incredible artist believes he’ll never stop working – not as long as he can see the screen and move his fingers, at least. “The colors and shapes can be freely adjusted, and the appeal of painting is endless,” Horiuchi stated.