Cartoonist Chaz Hutton (aka Insta-Chaz) uses humble sticky notes as his canvas to illustrate the relatable highs and lows of daily life. Using a simple stick-man style in black ink, the artist captures the awkward transition into adulthood with witty diagrams, charts, and simple illustrations all condensed into small, square and rectangle-shaped yellow Post-it notes.
Hutton first started drawing on sticky notes while bored at his desk job in an architecture firm. He tells My Modern Met, “They started off as little drawings I’d make for friends and those friends ultimately convinced me to put them onto an Instagram which I assured them was a terrible idea and that nothing would come of it.” Since its debut in August 2015, the @instachaaz Instagram has gained almost 200,000 followers.
From social media addiction to social awkwardness, the hilarious series expresses “one man’s philosophy of life.” Many illustrations feature thought bubbles that reveal the inner anxieties of the characters, such as a group practicing yoga who are all thinking the same thing: “Everyone here is amazing at this and I look like a complete idiot.” Other works feature witty decision tree diagrams for challenging “how to” scenarios. For “how to cook dinner” a mind map details the panic of buying ingredients, which inevitably ends with returning home with a jar of Nutella—an all too real sequence of events for many.
Today, Hutton works full-time creating his sticky note illustrations—a dream situation he never imagined would become a reality. He recalls, “I thought I might get enough followers to maybe trick a brand or two into giving me some free stuff, so to end up accidentally becoming a cartoonist has been a pretty outrageous outcome.”