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77-Year-Old Japanese Artist ‘Paints’ Breathtaking Landscapes Using Microsoft Excel

What an incredible man!

The Japanese are known for their many admirable traits. They are highly disciplined, innovative, patient, and resourceful. One Japanese artist embodies all these characteristics. His name is Tatsuo Horiuchi.

The 77-year-old visual artist has gained fame for his unique artistic creations. His impressive landscape ‘paintings’ were produced using a rather novel technique – Microsoft Excel.

Horiuchi started painting with Excel because of his frugality.

After he retired, Horiuchi wanted to pursue art. But the extremely resourceful man refused to pay for expensive painting supplies and computer programs to produce his works of art. This stingy attitude led to Horiuchi using Excel to create intricate, colorful, and eye-catching landscape paintings.

The artist even prefers Excel over Microsoft Paint.

He uses the vector drawing tools in Excel that were primarily made for graphs and basic shapes. With his ingenuity and familiarity with the program, he was able to draw panoramic pictures of Japanese rural life.

Horiuchi has been dubbed the ‘Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel.’

Great Big Story interviewed Horiuchi to know more about his story. He said during the interview (translated from Japanese):

“When I started to do this, I had a defiant and experimental mind. [I thought,] ‘How can I paint with my PC?’ You don’t need to spend money on paints, and you don’t have to prepare water and so on. This kind of stingy idea made me prefer Excel.”

Horiuchi is a prime example of someone setting a goal and patiently putting in the time and work needed to achieve it.

“I started painting with Excel in 2000. I set a goal: In 10 years, I wanted to paint something decent that I could show to people.

“There are many people who make fun of me. ‘Why are you making effort on something that is not useful. Are you a fool?’ Yes, I am a fool.”

See Horiuchi’s inspiring story below:

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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Genius Photographer Shares Ridiculously Easy Trick To Make Your Photos Dreamy

You can do it anytime, anywhere – without needing Photoshop or any app.

Good photography requires more than having an expensive camera. While owning the right tools can definitely help, the most important factor would always be the skills of the photographer.

Case in point, you may have the fanciest cameras in town but that still wouldn’t be an advantage, unless you know how to use it well. There are certain tricks you have to learn to take your photography to the next level.

Fortunately, we can always learn from experienced shutterbugs. Take wedding photographer Mathias Fast, for instance, who took the time to share a quick, easy hack on how to add reflections to your pictures – without having to use Photoshop or other photo-editing apps.

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Disney Animator’s Comics Diary About Losing His Wife is Terribly Heartbreaking

Read the captions and try not to cry.

Losing a loved one can be a sad, traumatic experience. People deal with the grief differently and for this man, keeping a ‘doodle diary’ has been most helpful.

A former illustrator for Disney, Gary Andrews’ comics about losing his wife and living life as a single father of two is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. No wonder his work has made an impact to his numerous followers on social media.

In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that Gary began doing his comics-style journal entries back on his 54th birthday. He was happily married at the time and a father of two children.

Unfortunately, something tragic happened. His wife Joy got sick and they initially thought it was nothing but flu. It turned out, however, that it was actually sepsis and it eventually led to her passing.

Gary shared:

“From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong. They couldn't have done more. It wasn't until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”

Overwhelmed by his sadness, Gary later turned to his notebook and began pouring his emotions out on paper – by making artworks.

He recalled:

“I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears.

“Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”

Now his touching comics have captured the hearts of many on the internet.

Scroll down below and see for yourself. Read the captions and try not to cry!

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