Sketches and experiments

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Oekaki Rules and Information
by Tess @ Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:14 am [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;

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  • Gallery display:

Ref WIP based on this drawing by SputnikSplash
by SputnikSplash @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:55 pm [Reply]

Gotta post this before my computer overheats again wip

J-and-K341 @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:59 pm

loving how it looks so far! And yikes, hope you resolve the computer issues as well.

SputnikSplash @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:08 pm

J-and-K341 wrote:loving how it looks so far! And yikes, hope you resolve the computer issues as well.


You've GOT to be kidding me
by Aseria Greane @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:59 pm [Reply]

For me, vacations come paired with an angry person at home texting me that my car is broken down and then telling me it's perfectly fine hours later.

by Jelly_fish @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:48 pm [Reply]

Gotta draw him at least once this year

Art Stream!
by Cerulean Wake @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:46 pm [Reply]

going to be doing some attacks for Art Fight now that i'm back from my trip :DD

anyone is welcome to join just to hang out or watch me draw here:

by Tynahi @ Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:34 pm [Reply]

Some sketches of my other new character.

♔ Salem ♔ @ Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:35 pm

they look really cool! ^^
Nice character, and good job on the drawing! c:

Tynahi @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:42 pm

@ ♔ Salem ♔ Thank you! I appreciate the comment <3

by Tynahi @ Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:12 pm [Reply]

Just some more character sketches.

DoubleInfiniti @ Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:07 pm

i love this character omg

Tynahi @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:41 pm

@DoubleInfiniti Thank you!

the alleyway
by Leafy. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:31 pm [Reply]

will fix up later, i guess.

>:'( based on this drawing by Fishyviolet
by Fishyviolet @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:21 pm [Reply]

IDK what 2 do abt this !!!

gift for cinnabunny
by aspynn @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:20 pm [Reply]

decided to take a break in-between commissions to do this little piece for cinnabunny !

rabbits are literally the key to my heart, i had mini rex who was everything to me but, unfortuantely
she passed away in february unexpectedly due to a seizure, so since then i've want a rabbit
character but haven't really had the motivation to but being able to do this piece of Dutch was
very calming and peaceful to do C : she's such a cutie as well !

not only that but i love cinna's art so i just wanted to do this as a token of my appreciation for
all the good art you put out ! < 3

i'm tired
by puffball~ @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:03 pm [Reply]

I went a bit simple with the design, might redo the colors.

I'm not sure if I'm keeping them or not.

Lies With Needs @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:04 pm

Aa such a cutie!! I always love ur designs!! <3

puffball~ @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:17 pm

Lies With Needs wrote:Aa such a cutie!! I always love ur designs!! <3

Thank you very much!

Stepping In Your Dreams
by Neah @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:17 pm [Reply]

I'm the definition of the worst kind of mean

God I haven't drawn in ages. Trying different poses to brush up on anatomy. I sh ou ldn't be taking this long on sketches lmao redid this one like 4 times

SurgeFire @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:43 pm


i love your style so much ahhhhh

Neah @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:36 pm

SurgeFire wrote:I LOVE THIS A LOT

i love your style so much ahhhhh

aljvhdka style like it isnt just twisting semi-realism to my whim
th ank you fam

mewmew. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:14 pm

<3 we need more Neah art in this world

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space station
by Leafy. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:15 pm [Reply]

quick sketch of stardust,,, i need to draw her more often

by contradict @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:52 pm [Reply]

    ‶They warned her, don't go there
    -There's creatures who are hiding in the dark
    -Then something came creeping
    -It told her, don't you worry just
    -Follow everywhere I go
    -Top over the mountains or valley low
    -Give you everything you've been dreaming of
    -Just let me in

Juniper Deer @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:53 pm

Thats amazing! ;o

Leafy. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:56 pm

hi this belongs in advanced >:0
so amazing...

~Ravio @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:33 pm

Absolutely stunning!

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"Surprise, I'm in the same time
by Twig @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:45 pm [Reply]

Beneath the same sun"

i hate drawing grass + stress = even worse grass

comet. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:52 pm

    i love the tilt! you should see my grass lmao

Twig @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:00 pm

your grass is 100% better, for the life of me couldn't and still can't draw grass, *im lost* when grass comes up ;a;

comet. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:06 pm

    gRaSs is ImPOsSiBlE tO drAw

edgy song lyrics here
by Twig @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:08 pm [Reply]

just a practice

comet. @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:09 pm


navybluechilipeppers @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:09 pm

Epic enough for a feature

Twig @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:46 pm

@both thank you!! ;v; <33

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scarlet macaw
by miserablemantis @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:58 am [Reply]

pretty boy!!
I had tons of fun drawing this, super pleased with the result. tell me what you think!!
critique is wanted, I’m really trying to work on my style with realism.

edit: thank you SO much for this feature, I e been working super hard on my style and trying to figure it all out. i really do appreciate all of the likes and comments, I nearly had a heart attack when I saw my macaw under featured drawings :’>
I think I’ve improved a lot since my 1st feature!!!

1lach @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:30 am

O my gaww its so prettyy

BlueIrony @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:31 am

I love the detail of the feathers! <3

miserablemantis @ Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:32 pm

1lach wrote:O my gaww its so prettyy

ahhh, thank you so much <33 <33

BlueIrony wrote:I love the detail of the feathers! <3

thank you!! the feathers are fun to draw :>

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if i dont post this, it wont ever be finished
so, here is a wip of eden & lazarus

followers? ft. dutch & macaroni
by cinnabunny @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:31 am [Reply]

i did one of these when the following feature originally came out, but i
was curious and wanted to see who's following me now? --finger guns--

J-and-K341 @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:31 am

You know that i definitely am. ^^ <3

weegeestar5 @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:32 am

-waves- :3c

✧ cass. ✧ @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:32 am

    if you're gonna be my biggest supporter then i'll do the same for you ;0

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by ecto @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:20 pm [Reply]

scribbly sketch hhh

Doglady88722 @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:21 pm

This is adorable!

ecto @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:52 pm

Doglady88722 wrote:This is adorable!

thank you!! ^^

#32 sunset based on this drawing by ~Cupid~
by ~Cupid~ @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:46 pm [Reply]

loves the sunset, lives in her dreams, always sleepy.

monchy wrote:me pls!

monchy @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:46 pm

me pls!

~Cupid~ @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:47 pm

monchy wrote:me pls!


by Grill, @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:47 pm [Reply]

my mans

don't try this at home
by ufos @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:42 pm [Reply]

don't smoke

!Peaches! @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:43 pm

this art style is... SO CUTE

d0nnie @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:45 pm

this is me directly after i dropped a piece of plastic cheese on the cold tiles of my kitchen floor at 2am and it made a THWOCK noise that catapulted me deeper into my depression

xei @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:46 pm

you have.


idea how much I love this man.

7/22 - 2
by qwertyo @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:52 am [Reply]

Thing I did with no pen pressure because the stream chat wanted it lol

Trying out doing an early stream: (audio warning!)

going to be doing background things and other random stuff! as always, feel free to drop by and ask any questions about art stuff.

Makookie @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:44 am

What do you mean by audio warning? Are there loud sounds?? Are you playing explicit music??? Confusion??

Pets For Days @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:25 pm


SuperVerl @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:27 pm

Those clouds are so pleasing to the eye, wow. And I love the rocks. Sksksk I just like all your backgrounds.

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*She didn't ask me to draw this, it was someone else lol*


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