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:

two birds on a wire
by Hawaii @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:57 pm [Reply]

    i haven't. done any serious drawings since before school started and meh. here's a doodle. might go back and add to it tomorrow. depends. this was relaxing to do i guess.

✨Glitter✨Power!!✨ @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:34 am

Congrats on the feature. This is beautiful xo

Watch Your Paws
by ShadyBro @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:59 pm [Reply]

Safe travels Franny. Toasty's been waiting for you. Tell her we love and miss her very much when you get there.



Syelfavaki @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 am

I am so, so sorry for your loss...

It's never easy, but that's because we recognize the genuineness of their souls. People who have not owned rats have a hard time understanding how deep that bond gets in such a short period. The one sad thing about rats as pets is how short their pure souls stay on earth with us.

I'm sorry, fren. Best wishes for you and any other ratties you have during this hard period. *offers a hug*

:Ginger: @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:32 am

Beautiful drawing, sorry for your loss and congratulations on your feature

happy59188 @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:33 am

Congratulations on the feature, im sorry for your loss and i hope he has a safe trip to heaven.

Lili based on this drawing by meveh
by xXWarriorCatsRuleXx @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:23 am [Reply]

Ok, so Lili isn't my best edit... But whatever! :D

Not much else to say....

soaring in sky and sea
by Kageyenora @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:02 am [Reply]

    i uhh didn't mean to put so much effort into this sketch haha

    these are my babs designed by reyligion!!

Slilk @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:05 am

Oh my god I love them! <3 >w< Look at those smol beans!!!!

Chaotic dreams @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:10 am


DatWildWolf @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:11 am



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069 based on this drawing by whim
by whim @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:39 am [Reply]

    I guess I have a soft spot for this guy cause he was my second shiny in hg

caspian ! @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:51 am

bellsprout is babey,,,

by pearl ♥ @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:42 am [Reply]


Chicken on my Plate
by Cala101 @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:24 am [Reply]

Lmao don't really give me any chicken :lol:
I hope ppl like this :? If yes, I'll draw more!

Agh Thanks for visiting owo

BlueEyedKite @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:47 am

I like it! ^^ so cute!

Cala101 @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:13 am

BlueEyedKite wrote:I like it! ^^ so cute!

Thank you so much (ᗒuᗕ)՞

wip oc/ base
by pearl ♥ @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:06 am [Reply]


Cuddle me?
by Emø Rat @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:00 am [Reply]

would anyone?

by pearl ♥ @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:32 am [Reply]

for a friend on discord <3

Uruaki @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:26 am

oMG that's adorable <3

Acorii Ref
by NightPuffle @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:34 am [Reply]

Decided to make a Ref for my lil baby <3

by pearl ♥ @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:58 am [Reply]


by Gundham Tanaka @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:42 am [Reply]

First attempt with ChickenPaint, pretty happy with how she turned out. Not the best, but I'm working on it.

Fun sketches
by Mantisbug @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:22 am [Reply]

It's been a while on here... Was comparing my older art on here with my art on DeviantArt and mmmmm improvement tastes good

willowshineshe @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:24 am

gasps :0 talent?

Mantisbug @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:27 am

willowshineshe wrote:gasps :0 talent?

No, I just draw everyday since i don't have friends XD

willowshineshe @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:30 am

Mantisbug wrote:
willowshineshe wrote:gasps :0 talent?

No, I just draw everyday since i don't have friends XD

XD rip
i'll be your friend :D

by SurgeFire @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:48 am [Reply]

feel your mother right at your side
don't you know you got my eyes?
i'll make you fly
you'll be happy all the time
i know you can make it right

son!! of course she would adopt him...
what a shame he disappears... "You were clearly meant for more / Than a life lost in the war"

oh my god i love this song and i totally see it as pansy @ dust... aa
this is weird i'm sorry x.x i tried some things out

caspian ! @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:55 am

a i love your art h :"0

dewly_noted @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:53 pm

    I love how gorgeously summer this is,,
    Those expressions are perfect and I love how wholesome these two beans are.

Neah @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:14 am

i too adopt random children i meet

by Kageyenora @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:07 pm [Reply]

    i want dog so bad

_Korat_ @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:58 pm

would it be okay if i used this as a ref for me to try "copy" as i am terrible at proportions? i will credit you and link back to this if i can use it

other wise this is so HeCKeN good!!

koegami @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:39 am

    i will give you my dog
    take him

what huh dfxcgbhjnkml
by gushingstars @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:05 pm [Reply]

how can you guys even draw when you're sad
venting ? who ??

caspian ! @ Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:21 am

saljsdjd mood though
anyway tho I’m sorry abt whatever you gotta go through rn,, :<

by arti,, @ Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:45 pm [Reply]

weird cat that ican't be bothered finishing

Peridot the Beardie @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:02 am


arti,, @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:39 pm

Peridot the Beardie wrote:Cute

Thanks !!

by ShadyBro @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:23 pm [Reply]

When I told my five year old I would sit down and draw his scalesona for him I was expecting to get away with a quick little bobble headed chibi draggo. But the way he pronounces 'anatomy' when he says "but dad what about the ananatominany" is kinda too precious so, we're working on a little something more involved <3

Introducing Grackle, owned and imagined by Bobby.
Home: He lives in the mountains with a flock of giant eagles as his family. He's sad that he is the only dragon there sometimes, but then he remembers he can breathe fire, so everything is okay. His mountains are icy at the tops, and go all the way above the clouds so he can sleep in the clouds without falling. The mountains are in the middle of a beach town, and are full of giant crystals that he can collect, so the town is called Crystal Beach Village.
Food: He eats lots of cool plants like spikey ones and thorns and his favorites are big giant cactus beanstalks that grow around the mountain tops like vines. But as a treat, he likes to steal popcorn from people that are mean to seagulls at the beach boardwalk at the base of the mountain. He sneaks up on them and spooks them into being nice. And if they arent then he eats them, but only sometimes, because he's a vegan and it hurts his tummy.
Hobby: Sometimes he'll pick up abandoned cars and play racing games with them on top of the mountains. He doesn't always remember to make sure they are abandoned though, so he gets scolded for kidnapping people, but he always puts the humans back when he's told to. He doesn't have thumbs so he can't fix the cars though.
Friends: Grackle's family are his best friends, there are five eagles in his flock. There's #1 Nedla who is colored like a lion, and he is Grackle's closest friend just like a big brother. Then there is #2 Panther, who is grey and white and very fluffy with feather feet like a bantam chicken, and she is super fast and playful. And #3 Rocket who is colored like a bluejay, and he is the oldest and biggest and takes care of everyone by keeping them safe and making sure they get along. And #4 Ninja, who is black and part bald like a buzzard and really quiet but smart, and they are great at making maps and finding all the food the family needs. And last there is Pig, who is white with little freckles and curled tail feathers, and she wears a bandana and carries a net around for all the cool rocks she can spot from far away so she can bring home at the end of the day for Grackle.
Anatomy: Beak mouth for eating thorny plants. Spiky mane to look tough to predators. Three eyes with little dot pupils and sideways eyelids. Armored throat and belly scales, that look like a snake's and shine iridescence rainbows like a cornsnake, but they are as hard as diamonds. Spikey elbows with stubby claws but the nails are really tough and sharp. Super strong kangaroo legs with gripping toes which are sticky suction like a gecko's and nails that can go through stone so that he never falls off his mountains. Spined tail with an antler shape spine tip that can whip vines off rocks to eat them and the tail is super long and flexible so that it can wrap around cliffs to hang off them when looking for crystals in the mountain sides. His blood is boiling hot and his spit and tears are poisonous and his tongue is shaped like a snake's but it's very strong. He has a piercing in the middle of his tongue with spikes on it to freak out people that are mean to birds.

lazy day
by a u r o r a @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:58 pm [Reply]

benny hanging out reading a mystery book and chowing down on some yummy popcorn

by _Korat_ @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:53 pm [Reply]

even the sketch looks better

i thought i posted this?
by _Korat_ @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:27 pm [Reply]

well ovi not

<3 Entry for an art competition offsite. c: I just used Oekaki since I don't have a reliable Paint program at the moment. <3

bee @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:25 pm

      dude is this turkey

.henloimmabirb. @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:37 pm

bee wrote:
      dude is this turkey

y e e s dude it be turkeyyyy

E l h o u r a @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:38 pm

Idk what this is but I'm lovin' it XD

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by ∘Raven∘ @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:55 pm [Reply]

Sketch of one of my main characters in his dragon form.
Comments are appreciated. : )

Woopperoni @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:19 pm

love the glow wooww

Gloves @ Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:21 pm

I love the glow as well, this looks incredible! The detail here is amazing!


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