500 A Collection of Sketches by Spencer Nugent

Now available for the iPad in the iBookstore, and coming soon PDF for download for iPhone, Android, and whatever you’d like to use it on. Click on the image to download the free PDF sample.



A long time ago, when I was still learning how to sketch and visualize design concepts, my professor at the time, Paul Skaggs, issued a challenge. He challenged the class of design students to complete 500 sketch pages in one month. 500 blank pages to be filled in 30 days seemed like an immense task at the time, and it was. I started that experiment, only to fail a short time into it. Turns out that sketching 16 plus letter-sized pages each day takes about 3 hours to complete .

So, this summer, feeling somewhat motivated to get something substantial, something meaningful, something challenging accomplished, I bought a ream of letter-sized printer paper, some pens, and started sketching.

Thinking of the ways I could share 500 pages of this experience, I thought an electronic format would be the best experience and means of delivery. So here’s my compilation of those 31 days of sketching. I’ve included everything, even the bad pages. Why? It’s about the journey, the process, and the discovery.

Check it out. Available for 50% off the first week on the iBookstore for iPad. PDF to follow shortly as I work out the kinks.



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  • Mark San Juan

    Are the sketches featured within the book the same as the sketches on the sketch-a-day website?

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja

      No. You can download a sample by clicking on the linked image in the post.

  • Daney Chhang

    Looks good!

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja

      Thanks! Be sure to buy it if you like it. It’s on sale this week for about 50% off.

      • Daney Chhang

        Not bad… Though I will be doing just as many sketches in school myself. Ill recommend this to some other students who can use the sketches to render with.

  • Justin Straver

    Hey spencer! I bought your book today. It really inspired me to sketch and practice more. I might even do a “500” one day myself. The thing I like about your book is that next to your good sketches you also included the less succesful ones. This makes the book more human then other sketchbooks ive seen. On the one hand you really like to sketch cars which is definitely visible when I was scrolling through the book. On the other hand it sometimes makes the topics in the book a bit limited. So maybe a creature, landscape or hands/body would have made it even better for me. Anyway good stuff! Keep up the good work. Cheers Justin

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja

      Thanks for the feedback. I’m working on other volumes as well :-)


      • Justin Straver

        Cool! Looking forward to it 😀

  • Brandon

    I really want to buy this But i dont have an ipad or iphone just a pc so can you make a pc pdf version PLEASE

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja


  • Krutarth Shah

    Classic ! sometimes observation helps people ..and this book makes us observe the sketches ! Thanks Spencer ! .. though i looked at the sample ,it was amazing ! looking forwaard for the full pdf version

  • Alice

    When is the PDF version comming out!?

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja

      It’s available at 500sketches.com


  • Dord

    When can I buy PDF version?

    • http://www.idsketching.com snugja

      Go to 500sketches.com


  • Lewis G

    Hi I just bought the book but it is not in my email, I have proof of purchase if needed… Lewis