Among Chuan-tzu's many skills, he was an expert draftsman. The king asked him to draw a crab. Chuang-tzu replied that he needed five years, a country house, and twelve servants. Five years later the drawing was still not begun. "I need another five years," said Chuang-tzu. The king granted them. At the end of these ten years, Chuang-tzu took up his brush and,in an instant, with a single stroke,he drew a crab, the most perfect crab ever seen.
Italo Calvino On Quicknessfrom Six Memos for the Next Millennium