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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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Comics Artist Shows Us How Vastly Different Western and Chinese Cultures Are

Hilarious and interesting at the same time. Check out #5!

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What first comes to mind when you hear about China? Some of us would likely think about the fantastic food, its famous Great Wall, or perhaps some of the not-so nice aspects of the country (such as blatant piracy of products).

Well whether you’ve been there or not, there’s no denying that Chinese culture is indeed vastly different compared with the western. We’ve all seen that in books, movies, and in the news. Or maybe you’ve even personally noticed some differences as you observed your Chinese classmates, co-workers, or neighbors.

One artist on Instagram is currently making waves online for accurately depicting the distinct cultural disparaties between China and the west.

Born and raised in Beijing, Siyu has eventually spent 10 years “traveling, studying and working abroad in the US, UK, and France.” So yes, this artist has seen and experienced what it feels like living in both sides of the world – and this served as the inspiration for an ongoing weekly online comics series called Tiny Eyes.

In a BoredPanda post, Siyu shared:

“I started ‘Tiny Eyes’ comics a year ago in the hope of sharing Chinese culture through everyday life. To me, learning about other cultures has always been a fun experience, and I want to pass this feeling to people who are curious about China.

“In lots of my comics, I compare Chinese culture to western culture. Through comparison, we realize how differently we act in front of the same situation and how we tend to think in a certain way instead of another.

“In the end, every culture is ‘weird’ in its way, but it’s also the weirdness that makes it interesting.”

Check out the comics below along with some captions from the artist:

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Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends

The best dad ever!

When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything we needed before going to school - one of which was our lunch bags. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.

For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.

Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate his lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day but for Dominick, it is, without a doubt, lunch!

Check out the drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!

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Artist Photoshops Classical Paintings Into Modern World – And It’s Fascinating

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov shows us what it looks like when characters from classical paintings live in the modern world.

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Things can get pretty interesting when you mash the classic and the modern. Remember one of our previous posts where Snapchat captions were added to classical paintings? That was hilarious! It definitely gave art history a new, funny twist.

Now allow us to introduce you to the work of Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov. This creative had the idea of getting characters from classical works of art and then putting them in modern settings, mostly in Kiev, the capital city of his home country.

How did he do it? Well with the power of Photoshop, of course!

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