Beginner's Oekaki

Artists of all levels of skill are welcome to draw here!

Forum rules
Reminder: Copying another person's art without permission to reproduce their work is a form of art-theft!
If you are unsure, read the full art rules here: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=30437

Need help using the Oekaki? Check out this guide to the Oekaki by Misnake!

Oekaki Rules and Information
by Tess @ Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:56 pm [Reply]

All images made in the oekaki board must follow our general Art Rules - however, there are some extra rules specific to the Oekaki that you should be aware of;

Oekaki-specific Rules

What you should do:

  • Keep comments polite, helpful, and relevant to the artwork. Critique is allowed if requested by the artist - but bare insults are not welcome here.
  • Make an effort to post your drawing in the correct board. For example, if you color in an Editable drawing, post it into the 'Colored-in' board. If you are new to oekaki and your artwork isn't of a very high standard yet, post in the Beginners board until you've had more practice.
  • If using an editable, follow the artist's rules! This may include leaving a signature/watermark layer on the final image, or may prevent you from selling colored-in versions as adoptables.
What you shouldn't do:
  • Don't post excessively bloody/gory/violent images, nudity, or anything else which might be inappropriate for younger viewers.
  • Do not post blank canvases in the contests board. Contests may be posted there only if you provide a lineart or background for contestants to use in their entries. If you don't need people to edit something in particular, go to the Regular Art Competitions Board to create your topic. You can still make a rule that your contestants make their entries in the Oekaki boards if you prefer it that way.
  • Don't make Oekaki drawings with just words or puzzles written on them. The oekaki is for sharing artwork, not for displaying a message or playing a forum game.
  • Don't spam the oekaki with random 10 second scribbles or advertisements and trade requests.
  • Religious themes are allowed in most boards EXCEPT in the Editable or Adoptable boards. Please keep these images for the Beginners, Intermediate, or Sketches boards instead.
  • Don't post offensive images imposing your beliefs on others. You are free to express your beliefs in a peaceful way, but not by hating on or denouncing any other person or group of people.
  • Don't create Oekaki topics just to share art you've created elsewhere. Art drawn in another program should be posted in the appropriate board (for example: non-Oekaki adopts go in User-made Adoptables).

Selecting a different version of ChibiPaint
We have 2 versions of ChibiPaint to choose from. The newer version (ChibiPaint v2.0) allows you to use extra features like rotating your canvas.
You can choose "ChibiPaint v2.0" on your Oekaki settings page here:

If you don't know how to get started, go to the Beginner Oekaki. When you create a 'New Topic' it will load ChibiPaint for you.
You need Java to view it, and once you create and send a picture it will feature at the top of your new topic.

Try these guides before asking questions:
Basic Oekaki Help
Very detailed Oekaki guide.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does art get 'featured' for the front page?
Featured art is hand-picked by a staff member to make it appear on the front page. Only recent artwork can appear in the featured box. The lucky artists are chosen if we think their drawing is particularly beautiful or creative and deserving of special attention. Often some of the site's 'best' artwork doesn't get featured because we believe it will attract enough attention on it's own.

Will you feature my artwork please?
We don't take requests or recommendations. There are not many places available for featured art, so many people just miss out. Don't take it personally, if you haven't been featured then your drawing is just one among tens of thousands which didn't get featured that week. It doesn't mean we think you're unworthy, it just means you're not incredibly lucky.

How does art get into the "most popular" categories?
The "most popular" boards are sorted automatically based on the number of "likes" they have. They are set up to include the top images from a range of different boards so that even Beginners and Sketches have a chance of being displayed amongst the top Intermediate artwork.

Can COPPA users post in the oekaki?
Yes, but all of their posts require post approval from a moderator before they appear in the forum.

I'm a COPPA user. What happened to my post? When will it be approved?
If you don't see your recent post appearing in the oekaki boards then it is probably waiting for a staff member to approve it. This might take a few minutes, or a few hours, depending on how many staff are available right now. Please be patient, staff have to read and approve nearly 1000 posts per day, sometimes it just takes a while for yours to be seen.

  • Gallery display:

OC Revamps, OPEN
by ∘Raven∘ @ Thu May 24, 2018 4:58 am [Reply]

Price is one rare. (Not rat or bunny)

revamps will be done in oekaki, not Sai ^-^

ferals, anthros, reptiles ok, but no people right now

Recent designs I've done:

Polaroid. @ Thu May 24, 2018 5:05 am

mark <33

TwinDragons @ Thu May 24, 2018 5:07 am

Mark, love your art.
I Also really like the art of your (Character? Sona?) In your sig, Polaroid

∘Raven∘ @ Thu May 24, 2018 5:15 am


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precious boy
by Lavernius Tucker @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:49 am [Reply]

this is my good boy

tenor @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:49 am

Hecc your style is so adorable i love him

Lavernius Tucker @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:53 am

tenor wrote:Hecc your style is so adorable i love him

awe thank you c:

DoorKarmaQueen @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:01 am

Much cute. Such Wow. Very jelly ;v;

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gwyhdrh wip maybe
by butter-milk @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:19 am [Reply]


☼ Red Beanie ☼ @ Fri May 25, 2018 10:30 am

Ainghiajdismisoajshf your art is so adorable :00

by Forfirith @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:50 am [Reply]


zero two
by cairngorm @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:05 am [Reply]


Zatch Bell @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:19 am

This is lovely, Darling

puddssoul @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:37 am

Wow, this is awesome, even the background is good! ^-^

Hhhhhhhh Keep on creating character designs i like too muchhh

Character 12 of my 100 themed characters challenge
- Injections

to offer for this fella just pm me!
I take..
> C$
> Characters
> Art

(ωнιѕρєя) @ Thu May 24, 2018 11:10 pm

    ooooh baby im loving this

(ωнιѕρєя) @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:35 am


    well... i got 3c$ and i can offer pets and aj items...?

☼ Red Beanie ☼ @ Fri May 25, 2018 9:33 am

(ωнιѕρєя) wrote:

    well... i got 3c$ and i can offer pets and aj items...?

Aaa so sorry but no thank you

by ghost cat @ Thu May 24, 2018 11:52 am [Reply]

      i finally got the hang of my new tablet. here are some god for saken drawings to bless you eyes with.

      your welcome.

I'm quite bored
by Zatch Bell @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:42 am [Reply]

I also won't give up until I feel comfortable using this program

Lil Luie
by shia.surprise @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:41 am [Reply]

Just a lil dude

therapy dog
by Foxxgloves @ Mon May 21, 2018 4:24 am [Reply]

sometimes, dogs who have experienced great pain or grief climb a mountain.
this mountain is called "the mountain of life". in the spring and summer, it is beautiful and filled with great life. in the winter and fall, it is a barren wasteland with no living thing inhabiting it. every bit of it looks the same, and it is incredibly easy to get lost on it. those dogs climb the mountain in the coldest day of winter.
sometimes, the grieving dogs get lost. and legend has it, when those dogs get lost, they find a cabin. a warm, cozy cabin.
and they are drawn in by the scent of warmth and love and are greeted by a bernese mountain dog.
and she talks to the dogs. welcomes them in. she loves the dogs with everything she has. she heals them emotionally. and when the dogs are ready to leave, she asks; "do you want to go home??"
the dogs always reply with "yes."
and the bernese mountain dog gently puts them to sleep, singing a warm lullaby, entrancing the sleeping dogs with the smell of lavender and home.
when the dogs wake up they are at the foot of the mountain. the cabin is nowhere to be seen. and they leave to go home.

Sweetheart, you look a little tired. When did you last eat?
Come in and make yourself right at home- Stay as long as you need.
Tell me, is something wrong? if something’s wrong you can count on me.
You know i’ll take my heart clean apart, if it helps yours beat.
It’s okay if you can’t find the words,
Let me take your coat and this weight off of your shoulders.
Like a force to be reckoned with, a mighty ocean or a gentle kiss,
I will love you with every single thing i have.
Like a tidal wave, i’ll make a mess.
Or calm waters if that serves you best.
I will love you without any strings attached.
It’s okay if you can’t catch your breath, you can take the oxygen straight out of my own chest.
I know exactly how the rule goes: put my mask on first.
No, i don’t want to talk about myself- tell me where it hurts.
I just want to build you up, build you up ’til you’re good as new
and maybe one day i will get around to fixing myself too.
I don’t even know where to start, already tired of trying to recall when it all fell apart.
and i just want to love you, to love you, to love you well.
I just want to learn how, somehow, to be loved myself.
Like a force to be reckoned with, a mighty ocean or a gentle kiss,
I will love you without any strings attached.
and what a privilege it is to love, a great honor to hold you up.
Like a force to be reckoned with, a mighty ocean or a gentle kiss, I will love you with every single thing i have
like a tidal wave, i’ll make a mess. Or calm waters if that serves you best.
I will love you without any strings attached,
I will love you without a single string attached.

Ominous Clouds @ Mon May 21, 2018 4:27 am

I love this!

Foxxgloves @ Mon May 21, 2018 4:53 am

Ominous Clouds wrote:I love this!

thank you!

Swirlshine @ Mon May 21, 2018 6:32 am

Oh my goodness, this is beautifully done! And such a sweet story too!!

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utatane piko
by OtakuZozo~ @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:31 am [Reply]

drawing with a mouse is hard O~O
here is a drawing of one of my favourite vocaloids, utatane piko!
mt art is usually a lot better but im not used to drawing with a mouse lol
i hope you like it!
oh and the "お" is just "o" ^^

For Dawnstorm111
by purple. @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:30 am [Reply]

Hope you like it <3

City Sun
by melouka @ Fri May 25, 2018 8:22 am [Reply]

I did this while revising for my literature exam tomorrow oops
I make bad decisions

Vampire Deer
by JiminSpazz @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:59 am [Reply]

Here is a vampire deer! I tried drawing a background, but it did not work at all, lol. here is the website that I got my ref photo for:

Mermay Day 24
by Shadowflight13 @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:51 am [Reply]

I can't draw boats lol

For Gubler
by purple. @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:47 am [Reply]

Hope you like it <3

Gubler @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:48 am

purple. wrote:Hope you like it <3

Ahh thank you so much! It’s amazing c:

by LesbainWolf @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:19 am [Reply]


by opossum. @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:12 am [Reply]

    not really liking it so i'll finish/redo it later

Enzona @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:19 am

thats amazing!

by crowshy, @ Sun May 20, 2018 6:48 am [Reply]

pretty little girl <3
eh i need to work on a new sig

cloudtail will come after you if u touch her,,

ForgottenShadow @ Sun May 20, 2018 2:52 pm

you are beautiful brightheart

crowshy, @ Sun May 20, 2018 5:54 pm

ForgottenShadow wrote:
you are beautiful brightheart

isnt she sucha queen :">

JᴀyCᴀt @ Sun May 20, 2018 5:55 pm

*touches brightheart*

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by Tomato Jam @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:05 am [Reply]


It’s hard to get cool colors
by bellini @ Fri May 25, 2018 7:01 am [Reply]

When you’re on an ipad

by Mavi @ Wed May 23, 2018 11:44 pm [Reply]

My soosh <3

DancingEevee @ Thu May 24, 2018 12:07 am

Oh my gawsh soooooooo cute!!!! I'm in loooooooooove!

Mavi @ Fri May 25, 2018 6:58 am

Aww! Thank you! <3
He is definitely an adorable little character!
my favorite sushidog I own for sure!

scar bar FLIP based on this drawing by macaroni cat
by macaroni cat @ Fri May 25, 2018 6:31 am [Reply]

YAY flip

Billie Jean
by Michael's Fan. @ Fri May 25, 2018 5:46 am [Reply]

Tried to draw this:

its from Michael jacksons song Billie jean c:

Michael's Fan. @ Fri May 25, 2018 6:30 am

bump i might add some stuff to it later when i get home c:


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