Every now and then, it can be easy to look at great design work, or art work, and think it's so good that it looks almost effortless. That the designer, illustrator or artist just woke up that day and drew some sketches on a piece of paper and voila, a masterpiece. That couldn't be farther from the truth. True, sometimes in a moment of intense inspiration things can come together quickly, but most of the time good work comes from several rounds of trial and error. Carson Ellis gave a great look at this process in this blog post. Above are a selected few from that long, sometimes grueling process. It paid off though, because the final design is truly a masterpiece.