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 ChickenPaint
We have 3 versions of the Oekaki program to choose from. The newest version (ChickenPaint v2.0) allows you to use extra features like layer clipping, layer groups, and layer masks.
You can choose "ChickenPaint 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 ChickenPaint 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:

by Cuervo @ Sat May 25, 2019 1:51 pm [Reply]

Swirlshine @ Sat May 25, 2019 3:17 pm

SYLVEONNNNN! I love this! <3

that guy?
by Captain. A. Stark. @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:14 am [Reply]

I'm still trying to figure out oekaki, but i consider this somewhat an improvement??

Autumnwinds @ Sat May 25, 2019 3:07 pm

oof oof I like your style

by wolfs avanue @ Fri May 24, 2019 3:28 pm [Reply]

So, I'm looking ford for summer. I can't wait to go to the mountains in July again! We go every July for the festival, though the car rides are like 2 hours long, I would prefer going on the express form home to here, but we take the car from home and go up to the mountains instead. One time, there was so much traffic when we were going to the ice castles, my dad was in a condo working on it so we stayed there, I fell in love with the decorations in the condo, I loved the pear decorations, they were for sale but I didn't buy them. Last year at the festival, me and my brother stayed in a hotel, I played minecraft while he played modded minecraft, I begged him to take me to go have fun, I personally love mazes, we had a map, I wanted to do the O' maze-ing maze, but it was closed that summer, it would be open next summer, so I looked on the website with the Ipad, I looked at summer fun and there was a mini golf, we did that and we went to do that, I got a hole in one, my brother said I cheated, I made him get the balls out of the holes, because there were ants living in them and I got super scared to reach my hand in it. When we got back it was raining, on the last day we were there my brother and I, went on a walk. We were gonna ride the mini free gondola, but the man said: "It's closed." so instead we continued our walk, it was very fun, that day I had to buy myself some new tennis shoes so we could go tubing, but all of the tubing was closed for the day. So we just went back to our home in the city, my ears got clogged and I hate it, we didn't bring my medications so that was even worse, when we arrived home I unpacked, so yeah. I bet nobody read this.

by ferncat @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:22 pm [Reply]

i can only draw backgrounds with trees and it shows

also the amount of time i spent drawing leaves only to decide to draw bare trees HHHHHH ://

princelyfae @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:27 pm

bro .... hell yeah

ferncat @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:31 pm

princelyfae wrote:bro .... hell yeah

haha thank you!!

fgh based on this drawing by gushingstars
by gushingstars @ Fri May 24, 2019 5:04 pm [Reply]

suprisingly, i as like rlly done to be done with this onee grhfebwjnash

Catcrazywolvesmaybe @ Sat May 25, 2019 5:49 am

holy crap your art is, pErFeCt?? bless this master piece. <3 (is it weird that I scroll through ur art when im boreddd?? it blesses my eyes)

sass @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:14 pm

    it's illegal for art to be this cute ,,,

Pizza :o
by twistersc @ Sat May 25, 2019 1:55 pm [Reply]

Cute character

by dysania. @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:42 pm [Reply]

    was pressured into posting this ,, @wiley
    jkjk but idk meh,, first actual time doing human-ish art digitally ?

    dont mind me

DragonOfEmber @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:44 pm

This is so pretty!!!

Etherial @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:56 pm

so cute, i love your art style !

dysania. @ Sat May 25, 2019 1:07 pm

    DragonOfEmber wrote:This is so pretty!!!

    Etherial wrote:so cute, i love your art style !

    thank you both! ; o ; snsns

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by Molly. @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:45 pm [Reply]

Soff boi. I'm probably gonna make him a comfort Sona.


by friggin' foxes @ Sat May 25, 2019 2:43 am [Reply]

even once a war is done,
the blood will still stain the earth.

Lostfairy @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:31 pm

Dang. This is really deep and beautiful and I love this so heckin' much. ;-; It's gorgeous. <3

♔ Salem ♔ @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:37 pm

ahh it's stunning, great job on it! ♥ c:

Art trade!!
by sequoiatree @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:11 pm [Reply]

This is for bornfromashes! Im really proud of this one!!
Timer is off! If you want anything changed just ask.

BornFromAshes @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:27 pm

Oh My GOD<33


<33THanks so much Sequoia!!!

sequoiatree @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:32 pm

Yay!! Im glade you like it!! I was a little worried TwT

BornFromAshes @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:34 pm


Im bored! :( :( :(
by Ciapek @ Sat May 25, 2019 6:04 am [Reply]

Just a bored sketch. Might finish later idk

Stuck in school, helppppppp

Zonbitaigā @ Sat May 25, 2019 6:06 am

Ciapek wrote:Just a bored sketch. Might finish later idk

Stuck in school, helppppppp

Same I’m stuck in math and I have to stay after school;-

yourmomispewds @ Sat May 25, 2019 6:07 am

im bored stuck in school too

trade if you want or just chatting lol

Ciapek @ Sat May 25, 2019 6:19 am

Zonbitaigā wrote:
Ciapek wrote:Just a bored sketch. Might finish later idk

Stuck in school, helppppppp

Same I’m stuck in math and I have to stay after school;-

Math is the worst! Do you mind me asking why you have to stay after school?

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And I know that I must go
by ~Teya~ @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:45 am [Reply]

Just really wanted to draw.. I'm burnt out on writing rn ;-;


nyrwlii @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:50 am

that looks really nice!

Bluepup429 @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:53 am

WAAA! this is gorgeous! <3 love the colorsss

sodapop. @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:07 am

why hasn't this blown up yet?

its amazing!!

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by *Sara* @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:26 pm [Reply]

tried making an oc using the star vs forces of evil line art :)

You know, like, nya
by Unimpressively Me @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:14 pm [Reply]

Loud blond convinces his husband to nya for their horned child Eri

Ocean Jasper
by Molly. @ Sat May 25, 2019 12:11 pm [Reply]

It him


by Molly. @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:51 am [Reply]

Sadly can't connect with this dude so I'm looking to trade him. His TH is here.


Don't give up on me
by September Rain @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:48 am [Reply]

The Killers wrote:Don't give up on me
'Cause I'm just in a rut
I'm climbing but the walls keep stacking up
Can't keep my mind off of every little wrong
I see the mouths are open but I can't hear the song
I've done my best to fill 'em
But the cracks are starting to spread
Hey, I won't blame you baby
Go on, turn your head
But don't give up on me
'Cause I'm just in a rut
I'm climbing but the walls keep stacking up
I can't keep pretending this next stop isn't mine
The truth is on the table, and someone's gotta sign
I've done my best defending
But the punches are starting to land
I'm sliding into something
You won't understand
Don't give up on me
'Cause I'm just in a rut
I'm climbing but the walls keep stacking up
But don't give up on me
'Cause I'm just in a rut
I'm climbing but the walls keep stacking up
So I'm handing you a memory
I hope you understand
That steadily reminds you
Of who I really am
This city's always breathing
I wish that it would die
The king rags and the bachelors
The fever for the velvet rope
The money from my mother's men
I'm not like her, you're not like them
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
I'll climb and I'll climb
Oh but don't you give up on me (don't you give up, don't you give up)
Don't you give up on me (don't you give up, don't you give up)
Don't you give up on me (I'll climb and I'll climb)
Don't you give up on me (I'll climb and I'll climb)

Don't give up! I know it can seem impossible, but I promise that things will get better. And, if you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it c:

Taranza :D
by ZephyrHillsx @ Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:28 pm [Reply]

Keukeukeu >3<

Okay Guess who made a cutsey lil drawing of Taranza that took

I think I did A rather decent job on this one? x3

CHERRILOID @ Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:45 pm

gosh, he looks super cute!! <3
i like how his top eyes look all shiny and everything! (/)* °*)/)

Kirby of the Stars~☆ @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:33 am

This is super old, but our precious spoder boi needs more love <3

by Molly. @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:30 am [Reply]

I'm awful at replicating her design rip


by nyrwlii @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:09 am [Reply]

i didn't really have time to try to finish that so that's explains the many drawing sessions.

this one is actually based from a song (Neru-い〜やい〜やい〜や, this is also where i got the designs from. lol) and yes, it's a vocaloid song (no i'm not obsessed with vocaloid what are you talking about-)
the two characters are Rin (the one with the turquoise hair) and Len (the one with the yellow hair). (note to the people that don't know their gender: Rin=female, Len=male) i also have no idea why Rin's hair is turquoise in this design (in her original design, her hair is yellow)

drawn with: a mouse (as usual)

nyrwlii @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:12 am

>when you try putting effort into something but no one cares anyways lol

nyrwlii @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:15 am


Humbloom @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:29 am

This is really great!!Many more people will see this as time goes by.

I hope this gets featured!!

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I regret this one
by Cosmic Candy Fox @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:26 am [Reply]

He and Victor r not doctors
Argument end.

by StarGalax @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:18 am [Reply]

New OC.

by Molly. @ Fri May 24, 2019 2:26 pm [Reply]



~Teya~ @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:07 am

I love this dudes design?? Looks amazing!

by Molly. @ Sat May 25, 2019 10:13 am [Reply]

Haven't drawn this boye since I designed him 7 months ago


~Teya~ @ Sat May 25, 2019 11:06 am



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