Many years ago I took classes in Sumi-e and calligraphy because I love how their simplicity can communicate so much with clarity. When I saw the artwork that Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi had created with Excel drawing objects I was almost speechless. When you create Excel dashboards you may have used Excel drawing objects or SmartArt to add callouts, emphasize an area of the dashboard, or add an element of artistic design. If you’ve done that you know how much work it can be. When you look at the work of Tatsuo Horiuchi who uses Excel drawing objects to create artwork I’m sure you will be awestruck.
Tatuso Horiuchi began his work with Excel right before retiring at the age of 60. He chose Excel because most computer drawing software was too expensive.
This picture in Excel of Kegon Falls shows a finished work. The following picture shows the Excel drawing objects and groups of objects that create the picture. Links to download these Excel drawings are located later in this post.
Here’s a more detailed view that gives an idea of how much work it takes to create one of these amazing drawings.
The following links will download Excel worksheets with two of these amazing works of art. These are Excel worksheets contained in Zip files, so you will have to unzip them prior to working on them. Many of the objects are grouped together. To ungroup Excel drawing objects, right-click the object, then choose Group, Ungroup.
So, while we’re at work we may not have time to explore the artistic side of Excel, but we can know that Excel’s drawing tools can do just about whatever we need them to when we want to highlight, annotate, create flow charts, or draw cherry blossoms.
The tips below can help you be more impressive with your drawing objects.