The Beauty of Impermanence.

 Chuan-Bin Chung.

Chuan-Bin Chung.

We are impermanent beings, and perhaps that is best illustrated with anatomy.

Chinese illustrator and anatomy instructor Chuan-Bin Chung encourages his students to understand the intricacies of the human body by drawing them. For many of his lessons he creates impermanent drawings on chalkboards as a helpful guide, but instead of quick sketches as one might be accustomed to, the pieces are exacting and colorful depictions of bones, muscles, and tendons—practically works of art in their own right.

I’ve seen many art pieces based on human anatomy, all of them stirring and beautiful. I would put these in that class. They may not last long, but there is a striking beauty there, which will reside in minds long after the chalk is gone.

 Chuan-Bin Chung.

Chuan-Bin Chung.

Those of you with Facebook accounts can hit the above links, fortunately, for the those of us without FB accounts, Chuan-Bin Chung has a youtube channel. There’s much to enjoy!

Via Colossal Art.


  1. kestrel says

    I really love checking out your blog first thing in the AM, you always have something cool and interesting. These drawings are so gorgeous.

  2. blf says

    Another reason for checking is to see if Caine is squashed flat on the inside of the monitor after being stepped-on by a forty foot high killer rat. The polite thing to do is ask if she needs a helping spatula, or can scrape herself off before (re-)inflating.

  3. rq says

    you always have something cool and interesting.

    I have to blog pitstops before I start work in the morning, and the same two for the afternoon when I’m looking forward to going home, yours is one of them.

    Anyway, as for the topic at hand, this guy. It’s one thing to be so precise and accurate (and colourful!) as a matter of art, but the fact that he makes these drawings as teaching tools during lectures also speaks to his ability to draw so well at speed. That’s some seriously excellent mind-to-visual transference skills.

  4. rq says

    *khm* (it’s still morning)
    “I have to blog pitstops…” = “I have two blog pitstops…”

  5. Ice Swimmer says


    Not only is the material cool and interesting, there’s a lot of it.

  6. says

    Ice Swimmer:

    Not only is the material cool and interesting, there’s a lot of it.

    Yes! I still haven’t finished everything I want to watch.

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