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Robert Stephen Nuñez Drew Rizal Park on Microsoft Excel

There’s a version with the “photobomber,” too.
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Artists use different media to express their art. This one used MS Excel, which, if you know anything about it, isn’t exactly top of mind as a tool for artists. 

Robert Stephen Nuñez said it took him three weeks to finish a drawing of Rizal Park, a quintessentially Filipino landscape scene.

"I asked some friends on Twitter what famous landmark I should do a pixel art of next," he tells Esquire Philippines. "I already got positive feedback on my Quezon Hall in UP Diliman pixel art. Many of them answered Rizal Park, so I decided to go with it."

Why do it on MS Excel though?

"It all started with boredom, really," he says. "I remember the first pixel art I did was because of unstable internet connection. Using MS Excel as a medium for art might be unorthodox, as filling each cell with color accurately (I don't have a tablet and stylus pen, I only use the good ol' mouse) requires a lot of patience. But I think the challenge it brought made the art more special."

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Nuñez says he did it like any pixel art: resizing each row and column so it becomes a square (or pixel) and then filling in each cell with color. It’s painstaking work, but it probably helped that he’s stuck at home like many of us are during this time of enhanced community quarantine.

And just for fun, he also did a version with the so-called “photobomber” building:

Photo by Robert Stephen Nuñez.

Nuñez also shared screenshots of the process along the way:

Photo by Robert Stephen Nuñez.
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Nuñez has been doing pixel art for quite a while. Check out some of his other artworks below: 

Photo by Robert Stephen Nuñez.

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Photo by Robert Stephen Nuñez.

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