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

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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:

Adoptable! based on this drawing by eggbeatre
by Shy❀Sunflower @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:23 pm [Reply]

This baby is adoptable!!

Code: Select all
[b]Backstory (optional but recommended):[/b]

Before I die @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:25 pm

Username(s):Before I die
Name: Janey
Backstory (optional but recommended): She fell out of the television show and is a lost bunch of pixels slowly disolving into the real world trying to get back into the television before its too late.
Gender: Female

first haltering
by buckskin. @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:14 pm [Reply]

first haltering- fritz

by candy70045 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:50 am [Reply]

I can't do backgrounds ^^' i drew my character Typhoon :)

~Zoehascupcake~ @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:27 am

they look really cool!!!

candy70045 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:02 pm


maifalke @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm

this is honestly so beautiful ! should be featured :clap:

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Rushing Ahead
by klaus. @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:14 pm [Reply]

Patrol Art for Almond Bark

by skwigler @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:21 pm [Reply]

My newest OC, BL-00-M (Bloom)
She is an albino carnotaurus who is an escaped test subject.
Fullbody coming soon hopefully


by gushingstars @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:15 pm [Reply]

uwu uwu headshot bby

Joyful Maiden
by Lostfairy @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:50 pm [Reply]

This was supposed to be a simple sketch but like all my supposed doodles, it turned into something I actually semi-like... Kind of... I don't know, I felt like I did the shading really badly but the background helped fix that a little. *shrugs* OH WELL, IT IS WHAT IT IS! XD

It'ssssss Zelda from Skyward Sword! She's such a SPUNKY GIRL. I love her a lot, her and BOTW Zelda are my top favorites. She's such a strong character with a great character arc. She sort of starts out a tad immature, you can tell she has potential but it's kind of hidden by her overly spunky behavior. It makes sense though, living in paradise your whole life... I can see how that could cause people to become a tad bratty. But Zelda shocks me! She outruns and outsmarts and fights the bad guys coming after her for QUITE a while, it's really impressive and inspiring? She totally has girl power but doesn't show it in an annoying and overly weird way. She sticks up for herself and fights for her friends. She isn't just trying to help save the world, she's mostly trying to save the people she loves, HER world. She's a true friend. <3

I don't know why I drew this but I guess I felt like drawing Zelda from Skyward and her laughing seemed to fit her well. It was a sort of expression practice, I guess! (Random and useless fact: I was actually pretty sad while drawing the lineart for this even though she's super happy. Must have looked odd - seeing me cry as I drew this happy drawing.)

Anyway, the timer is super off by I don't know how much, I used a mouse to draw this, and please do not steal or repost this!!

All comments and likes are appreciated sooo much! <3

--beryl-- @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:29 pm

this is so pretty!!
i love the colors and expression of the character, really nice job <33 !!

~Teya~ @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:24 pm

Haha, we still have a Gamecube and recently I watched my sister play through Wind Waker. I loved Zelda in that too, but I sadly can't say anything about this version of Zelda because I haven't played the game >0< Maybe someday though <3 She looks awesome, and I don't think the shading looks bad at all?? Honestly shading took my the longest to get a hold of, and I still don't know how good I am at it! XD

J-and-K341 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:53 pm

Oooh excellent job on this! You are so dang good at drawing humans aaaa! <3

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Very Furry Cat
by CatMagics @ Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:50 pm [Reply]

I might edit with more realistic eyes / nose and a background, plus finish the black fur, but thoughts are appreciated! c;
Critique is welcome as well, but it is a wip <3

CatMagics @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:00 pm


RussiannLucifer @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:21 pm

h o w

how did you make such a beautiful fur texture

CatMagics @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:11 pm

RussiannLucifer wrote:h o w

how did you make such a beautiful fur texture

Aa thanks ;D

I drew a white blob and used the smudge to make little white streaks that made it look furry, and one at a time, I smeared the little "blobs" until the area was covered with fur. When I was finished, I blended all the blobs together to be one big patch of white fur, and for a finishing touch, I added some highlights with the dodge and shadows with the burn option.

(mild eyestrain) I💖U
by Fiwee @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:10 pm [Reply]

just gotta say you guys are wonderful and i love you all

keep going you silly nerds

by gushingstars @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:00 pm [Reply]

ba BY

Fursona doodle
by dodothebritish @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:54 pm [Reply]

I Find drawing on here hard but i tried doing my fursona idk if it failed or looks alright

by Akemi-chan @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:35 am [Reply]

I've been ghosting
I've been ghosting along
Ghost in your house
Ghost in your arms
When you're tossing
When you turn in your sleep

It's because I'm ghosting your dreams
And this is why I have decided
To pull these old white sheets from my head
I'll leave them folded neat and tidy
So that you'll know I'm out of hiding

I've been ghosting
I've been ghosting alone
Ghost in the world
Ghost with no home

I remember
I remember the days
When I'd make you oh, so afraid
And this is why I have decided
To leave your house and home unhaunted

You don't need poltergeist for sidekicks
You don't need treats and you don't need tricks
You don't need treats
You don't need tricks
You don't need no Halloween

You don't need treats
You don't need tricks
And you don't need me
Hey, would it be so bad if I stayed
I'm just a ghost out of his grave
And I can't make love in my grave

I won't put white into your hair
I won't make noises in your stairs
I will be kind and I will be sweet
If you stop staring straight through me

KittyandCat @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:39 am

I love this so much omg it's amazing and inspiring and I love it so much <3

Akemi-chan @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:46 am

KittyandCat wrote:I love this so much omg it's amazing and inspiring and I love it so much <3

Aw thank you so much ; v ; that means a lot to hear <3

KittyandCat @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:48 am

Akemi-chan wrote:
KittyandCat wrote:I love this so much omg it's amazing and inspiring and I love it so much <3

Aw thank you so much ; v ; that means a lot to hear <3

Gawww no problem <3 I absolutely admire both your character & your art, I wish I could design characters & do digital art half as well <3

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OTA adopt
by Atrøcities @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:49 pm [Reply]

will be an OTA on my deviantart!

Night Patrol
by klaus. @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:38 pm [Reply]

Patrol art for LadyRaincloud

☁Lady Raincloud☁ @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:45 pm


tiny vent
by J-and-K341 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:01 pm [Reply]

Ever had a specific smell to practically infuriate you? Yeah, that was me earlier...

This also gave me an excuse to practice drawing annoyed facial expressions, so i guess something good did some out of it at least.

colfwat the hybrid @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:01 pm

awww dont be sad.and its good

colfwat the hybrid @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:03 pm

dont be sad

wolfs avanue @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:16 pm

So cute!

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by chicken193 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:49 pm [Reply]

Me and my crush
I'm using it to color in some other ships.

Deku_is_best_boi @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:54 pm


chicken193 @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:57 pm

Deku_is_best_boi wrote:ITS SO CUTE AHHH❤❤

I drew it IRL and it looked better, maybe I can add that as traditional art, but I can't wait to do Lacon! AhAAAA *pterodactyl screeee*

Just One Straight Line
by Swirlshine @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:45 pm [Reply]

Dang, uh, ignore the timer on this one - I was so distracted, XD!

This is just a small something I had an idea for a day or two ago, so I decided to go ahead and draw it! I gotta say, I really like how it turned out (well, okay, I had to give up and take off the reflection thingy I had at first since it was just bugging me too much), despite its simplicity! I wasn't planning on just leaving the cat lined with white and not coloring it, but Lost inspired me, and gosh, I like this way better than my original idea, XD! I always got the idea to add a splash of color to contrast with the dark background, and I like how that turned out too. c:

The cat isn't an OC of mine - she's basically just my filler character to use when Oliver or Scatterdrop won't fit in what I wanna draw, XD! I use her to represent me as well sometimes. c:
And the wings are an idea I thought of recently - I was inspired by some really pretty wing designs on an animation I watched, so for fun I designed a bunch of wings to fit different moods! So these wings do represent something, hehe c:

Anywho, enjoyyyyyyy and please don't steal this character, my idea, or my art! <3

floating in a most peculiar way
by headsick @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:38 pm [Reply]

well, the stars look like off-brand dandruff, but that's ok. :clap:

Camp site
by RussiannLucifer @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm [Reply]

I dunno

goblin guy in color based on this drawing by --beryl--
by --beryl-- @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:20 pm [Reply]

lol I accidentally clicked color me in
but here's what he looks like colored

Shadow~Wolf @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:33 pm

i love and want

--beryl-- @ Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:26 pm

Shadow~Wolf wrote:i love and want

aww thanks!! maybe I might make a few different designs with these lines and give them away lol

Lucky Sadie
by J-and-K341 @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:27 pm [Reply]

"Oh my gosh, Cody come here, quick, I found one!"

Whew boy drawing in all those shamrock was pretty darn tedious, but totally worth it! xD

LizardsAreLovely @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:31 pm

The attention to detail in your art is incredible my word ;o;!!

Seokjin. @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:09 pm

I always love your art, its amazing!

Snowlondon @ Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:04 pm

I love this! I feel like you can clearly see their personalities just from their expressions, and all the details here are amazing. Wow!

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cha cha cha, hiyah
by umbrella° @ Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:39 am [Reply]

asdfghjkl i don't know what i'm doing anymore
also i might be able to go up to a local library and pick up the first two volumes of the umbrella academy and im excited
yay i guess??
comments and stuff welcome ig

ben mazzello @ Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:42 pm

they look so good!!!?!?! yeet i love it

Cocoa @ Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:23 pm

Cute ;w;
Also someone tell me what Umbrella Academy is i'm so confused and i'm in that weird "this thing is poplar what the hell is it" cycle again

umbrella° @ Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:08 pm

ben mazzello wrote:they look so good!!!?!?! yeet i love it

aa thank you so much <3

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sweep all your cares away
by Trepak @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:00 am [Reply]

this one didn't turn out quite like i had envisioned. but it's still good.
it definitely doesn't portray the feelings that i had at the time, but i guess it's more the feelings i have now.
maybe one day i'll do the one i'd thought of before, but i really do like this one.

Swirlshine @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:04 pm

Woah... this is gorgeous!

Trepak @ Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:58 am

Swirlshine wrote:Woah... this is gorgeous!

thank you so much! it really means a lot that people still like how this turned out.

~Teya~ @ Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:38 pm

What a cute idea! I love it :O

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