Depending on the size and complexity of the picture, and the size that you are re-creating it, this type of project can be considerably faster than the old-fashioned oil painting or watercolor, and may be more impressive to certain groups of people. Digital art buffs are become more and more the norm in the art world, and this genre is helping to get people into something they may have otherwise ignored, all because of how it was created.
Microsoft Excel, and other spreadsheet programs, are becoming more and more popular to create pictures. These programs have become more popular primarily due to their being on just about every computer out there. They are readily available, and fairly cheap, all things considering. They also don‘t require much computer knowledge to operate, and even less artistic skill to use. So how exactly are people using this program to create a masterpiece? Simple; it‘s all about choosing the right colors and filling in the boxes. Just print out a color copy of what you want to make, draw a grid on the paper, and fill in the corresponding spreadsheet box with the appropriate color. It‘s kind of like a paint-by-number. Most people aren‘t creating new works, they are re-creating more famous ones.