Sketches and experiments

For quick 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;

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:

befuddling 4-legged monster
by ufos @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:50 am [Reply]

this drawing? bad and confusing? still spent a lot of time on it. he's real squished in there.
someone said smth abt q being much smaller than danny? it's the other way around i'm just bad at drawin my characters w consistent heights sdfdfs

-The Dark Rising- @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:23 am

haha! what adorable dorks! c:
*grabby hands @ your impeccable art style*

bellini @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:06 am

i love your art I uh
This is perfect

hazii @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:25 am

aw, thats adorable. dont suffocate in there buddy.

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by magpie! @ Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:49 am [Reply]

for the kalon summer event campfire prompt

Show Name:
Barn Name:
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.2 hands

Sire: Foundation
Dam: Foundation

Phenotype: Buttermilk Dunskin Tovero
Genotype: Ee Aa Crcr DD Tt Oo
Eye Color: Tropic Sea
Breeding Notes:
• Dominant for Dun; will always pass to offspring.

Just a quick name contest for this babe. I'd like to see a unique name for this girl.
Contest ends 7/21 1pm est

Code: Select all
[b]Show Name:[/b]
[b]Barn Name:[/b]

giraffidae @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:56 pm

    Username: giraffidae
    Show Name: Caught In Your Eyes
    Barn Name: Epione

Honeymoo @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:19 pm

Username: Honeymoo
Show Name: GSS Coffee With Cream And Two Sugars
Barn Name: Sardonyx

Cheshire-Cat @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:39 pm

Username: Cheshire-Cat
Show Name: Hoku
Barn Name: Star

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work in progress
by charlie k @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:48 pm [Reply]

first attempt at (semi)realism in a while, im bad at mirroring angles since all i ever draw is faces from the direct front, but im trying to practice and improve ha

dookie @ Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:20 am

it looks great so far!!

charlie k @ Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:33 am

dookie wrote:it looks great so far!!

thank you!!!

and I knew that he loved me

Doctor Strange
by snowcapp @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:41 pm [Reply]

Hand cramps everywhere

TalkativeTurtle @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:42 pm

Ooh this is cool definitely feature worthy :3

Loki-Dokey @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:43 pm

Oh my gosh

That is i n c r e d i b l e

serge @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:45 pm

    "just a doodle"

    capp doing major things here ;o;

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small drops of the sun
by steamplonk @ Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:37 pm [Reply]

honestly i haven't had this much fun drawing something for a really long time lol
i had to change between a bunch of different browsers to get oekaki to work haha
the raindrops suckkkk though ugh

edit: oh crap!!! thank you for the feaure oml, this means a ton <33

Maxy Max @ Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:38 pm


steamplonk @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:08 am

Maxy Max wrote:Beautiful!

    ahh thank you so much!! <3

capone. @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:24 am

      THIS IS LEGIT SO SO GOOD LIKE !!!! YOUR STYLE IS SO PERFECT AND !!! THIS IS SERIOUSLY SO GOOD the raindrops are amazing idk what ur talking about ??? this so so so deserves a feature omg congrats bby i’m so PROUD OF U !!!!!

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nerd dad is such a good dad

jimmy, he whispers
by temps de combustion @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:00 pm [Reply]

so, fun fact about me, i have chromesthesia. it's a form of synesthesia which makes me see music

uhhh this is what jimmy, he whispers by manchester orchestra looks like.

Bluepup429 @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:11 pm

this is beautiful i am in love with your arttt

Simonpet @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:10 pm

That's beautiful! It looks somewhat like a view from partially underwater (when your eyes are half in/half out of the water) to me. Do you see both colors and shapes, just colors, or just shapes when you listen to music?

temps de combustion @ Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:23 am

Bluepup429 wrote:this is beautiful i am in love with your arttt

thank youuu!!!

Simonpet wrote:That's beautiful! It looks somewhat like a view from partially underwater (when your eyes are half in/half out of the water) to me. Do you see both colors and shapes, just colors, or just shapes when you listen to music?

both colors and shapes! for the most part, it seems like a moving scroll where the shapes of the vocals and instruments are moving too!

by ☼ Red Beanie ☼ @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:39 pm [Reply]

Its starting to lag alot for some reason,
so gonna finish this later

Michael's Fan. @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:42 pm

this is really cool!

☼ Red Beanie ☼ @ Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:02 am

Michael's Fan. wrote:this is really cool!

aa thank you!

i cant draw water
by Michael's Fan. @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:40 pm [Reply]

its too bright lol

Art Discord!
by Purrfectpal @ Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:49 pm [Reply]

So I opened up a new art Discord for everyone if they want to post art from other websites or take commissions and stuff like that.

Here's the invite link

thejokerkeepsmiling1 @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:33 pm

Oooooo Mark <33

Sick of losing soulmates
by fawnfriend @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 pm [Reply]

I don't remember you
You took me by surprise when I met you
Well, who was that? What did we have
Before we got to be so busy?

I don't remember this
Being so alone I've gotten used to it
So if I hold you back
It's cause you move so fast

And the lines start to blur
And now I don't know who we were
And I'm not even sure we can fix this

I grab my coat
i grab my shoes
Oh my god, I don't remember you
Oh my god, oh my god
I'm leaving you.


my friend momo
by scissors @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:55 pm [Reply]

inspired by the momo creepypasta

I love her <33

bellini @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:43 pm

This is terrifying but I loVE IT

honggseok @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:58 pm

fjsfdsjkflkjd woah nelly

Autumn.the.bull @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:15 pm

I hecking love this omg

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by qwertyo @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:47 pm [Reply]

>adds glitchy effects to a boring painting in an attempt to make it look interesting

anyways I'm goin to bed

Wolfy [Art Fight]
by qwertyo @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:19 pm [Reply]


Drudi @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:24 pm

I like the shadowing and lighting. It’s very clear where the light source is coming from. Nice.

Alana [Art Fight]
by qwertyo @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:57 pm [Reply]


Purrfectpal @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:58 pm

I'm in love with this.

sneefs a feature

Drudi @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:22 pm

Ah so cute

This wasn't in the job description
by Siberian @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:38 pm [Reply]

My computer has been making some strange noises lately and I fear for its life

Purrfectpal @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:57 pm

Same here.

It's dying a slow painful death.

by túna @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:50 pm [Reply]

gfjhbngfs my mouse keeps dying and i cant draw with it g o d i need batteries brb

Mewlin @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:50 pm

OMg this is adorable already ;;w;;

by xOreoDaddy @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:11 pm [Reply]

A random girl i drew, idk._.

softsun. @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:22 pm

this is super cute! I can't believe the 15 minute timer!

xOreoDaddy @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:49 pm

softsun. wrote:this is super cute! I can't believe the 15 minute timer!

Thanks, and idk if the time is completely accurate but yea, I really didn't try for this one, but thank you!!

by souldier @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:07 pm [Reply]

A good boy

Purrfectpal @ Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:26 pm

Are they a griffin?

souldier @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:52 pm

Purrfectpal wrote:Are they a griffin?

Yep! c:

Purrfectpal @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:09 pm

souldier wrote:
Purrfectpal wrote:Are they a griffin?

Yep! c:

Cool! I have a griffin character that deserves more love lol. I should draw them more. I love the way you drew this griffin. It's adorable yet serious.

scaredy cat
by túna @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:42 pm [Reply]


by honggseok @ Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:35 pm [Reply]

ill finsih this osemtiem


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