Charts. Graphs. Doodles. Whenever you put a bored Panda in front of a whiteboard, they’re very likely to let their creative talents loose. But how many of us have thought of turning drawing on whiteboards into a profession? Meet Matt Shirley. He draws hilarious charts and has a huge following online.

Shirley does them all masterfully and he’s a professional at using them to show the humorous side of life. What’s more, he has an outstanding work ethic: he tries to draw a graph every single day. That’s the sort of dedication you’d usually see only in top-tier athletes and best-selling authors.

Bored Panda talked to Shirley about his charts, what keeps him motivated to draw daily doodles, as well as what graphs have that other mediums don’t. Scroll down for our in-depth interview, upvote your favorite charts, and share the ones you like with your friends.

After you’re done with this article, have a look through our previous post featuring Shirley’s charts.

More info: Instagram | MattShirleyCharts.com | Facebook | Twitter | Patreon

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Just another user... 3 weeks ago

Shout out to all our waiters out there!

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Kaisu 3 weeks ago

Are allowed to sleep in? Fall asleep early. Need to wake up early for an important exam? Can't fall asleep.

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“I've always loved anything visual or design-related, so it's a natural fit for me to try to do something visual or design-related on my Instagram,” Shirley told Bored Panda in an interview.

“Sometimes, it is a challenge to keep motivated, but the good thing about charts is that you can pretty much do one on any topic,” he said.

“I'm not confined to a certain field of expertise which helps with inspiration. If I'm not feeling inspired to create something on a certain topic I can always look in the complete opposite direction for something that activates the creative juices,” Shirley explained his creative process and how he avoids burnout.

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Harry Larter 3 weeks ago

There is no orange!

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Human #1,232,867 3 weeks ago

I don't get why they just don't put a logo on one side to help this. All computer female USB connector are put on the same orientation.

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Juririn 3 weeks ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Shirley revealed the reason why he’s so into charts: “I like charts because they don't require a lot of reading and there's an inherent discovery process whenever you are trying to figure out what a chart is trying to depict, whether it's for entertainment or data-driven.”

“The only limitations I've found are with the types of jokes you can include. If you want long-winded setups and character-driven jokes then charts are definitely going to be difficult to work with,” he said, drawing attention to the fact that the best jokes to be made with charts are quick, concise, and snappy.

Bored Panda was interested to find out what Shirley thought was his best work so far. According to him, he’s very proud of his chart where he depicts how rick-rolling works: “I think I was most proud when I thought of this cycle.”

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LuckyL 3 weeks ago

this somehow makes me really really sad

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Human #1,232,867 3 weeks ago

Seasonal post. Nobody will understand this one in May!

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Dawn Baik 3 weeks ago

Forgot the section for - I'm not putting my bra back on - this baggy jacket will hide that fact!

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Shirley’s creativity and humor have given him a massive following online: more than 300,000 people follow his Instagram account. Dear Readers, what do you think of Shirley’s charts? Which ones do you like best? What charts and graphs would you love for him to draw in the near future? We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!

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Faizal Jam 3 weeks ago

true

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Jill Ferguson 3 weeks ago

The basis for a self help book!

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John Greene 3 weeks ago

Apple Watch have me credit for standing all day just for getting drunk and passing out in a rocking chair.

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He is love 3 weeks ago

I like the last one. When you realize how little you really know, then you have achieved true wisdom.

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Daniel Lewis 2 weeks ago

Because it is considered rude or threatening for people from some cultures.

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M.J. 3 weeks ago

The last one should fill up a way bigger part than it does!

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Juririn 3 weeks ago

This made me laugh outloud🤣🤣🤣

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HorrorWeirdo 3 weeks ago

Confidence: Straight down

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Kjorn 3 weeks ago

"Don't lick that"

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Martha Meyer 3 weeks ago

I had to look up how much these ounces are and now I'm wondering who the hell would be drinking more than half a litre of coffee in that giant cup on the right?

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M.J. 3 weeks ago

I always feel so stressed and stupid when I have to leave a message. Never know what to say, also I forget why I actually called.

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 3 weeks ago

I'm not looking for a relationship = I will be engaged within a month.

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Human #1,232,867 3 weeks ago

How are you able to draw such perfect circle with your white board pen? Rope and finger in the center?

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Magpie 3 weeks ago

Oh! So that's my problem, missing the install a room mate step.

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Night Owl 3 weeks ago

Looks about right

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Cathelijne van Weelden 2 weeks ago

This!! Why??

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~ dootsie berri ~ 3 weeks ago

lol so true! i always make accounts & stuff & sign up for things so i always get an abundance of wish, michaels, tumblr, quora and boredpanda emails. from what i've told you you can probably tell i'm a depressed antisocial artist with no life :)

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Steve Barnett 3 weeks ago

Should it be 'technology' instead?

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Ale_Vidal23 3 weeks ago

i wish i had a dog

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Magpie 3 weeks ago

Other humans?

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Cindy Richter 3 weeks ago

What is at the end of November?

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