Intermediate Oekaki

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Oekaki Rules and Information
by Tess @ Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:13 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 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:

mermaid redraw based on this drawing by Dynosaur
by Dynosaur @ Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:07 pm [Reply]

ehh its okay,, just thought id attempt a redraw XD

still working on it but thought id post it for now

Jorleesi @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:59 am

I rly love this *_* especially her fin

Dynosaur @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:18 am

holy smokes! just saw this got featured... how... thank you so much <3

Ye Olde Granny @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:52 pm

Congrats on the feature! You did a great job!

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by bananer @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:19 am [Reply]

A borzoi

revolution radio @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:29 pm

This is gorgeous!! I love borzoi <33

zaika @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:06 pm

        wow! outstanding work! borzoi have always been my
        favorite breed of dog, they're so gracious and entrancing.

by Wishful Thinking. @ Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:13 pm [Reply]

    I'm actually pretty happy with how this turned out, I hope this belongs in here!
    The colors/markings are loosely based off my favorite animal, the tail is a dead giveaway lol
    I'm a geology major and have really been into dinosaurs lately (even though I'm planning to get into hydrology not paleontology) (and I got to be honest, as cool as dinosaurs are, the Cambrian-Permian creatures are my absolute favorite!)
    Anyways I tried, it was fun and I guess I got a new character for the new year c:

Chaotic Dreams @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:01 pm

Love it!

Wishful Thinking. @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:07 pm

Chaotic Dreams wrote:Love it!

    thanks c:

Welcome to Earth
by sapphire77 @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:36 am [Reply]

i hope i can post this in intermediate ahhh
Rose from Steven Universe!
timer is a bit off

the hand is really bugging me

edit: AHHH thank you so much for the feature! This has been my dream ever since I joined CS in 2013, I can't believe it finally came true! i'm crying

Shadow~Wolf @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:37 am


sapphire77 @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:15 pm

Shadow~Wolf wrote:beautiful!

thank you!!

Ringo. @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:15 pm

I love this!!
Its very beautiful !

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by krovii @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:54 am [Reply]

Lain aka BEST GIRL love her mwah
plz watch serial experiments lain its good

This is not a dream
by TheSongOfTheStars @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:07 am [Reply]

You are part of a machine
you are not a human being

Quisau @ Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:41 am

Yas! I love that song!

bottom of the river *REDRAW* based on this drawing by ~Lion~
by ~Lion~ @ Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:20 pm Attachment(s) [Reply]

redrew an old drawing for the 4th time, still using a mouse and still listening to twitch as i draw so I'm still kinda the same
im still not that great at backgrounds, idk how much i improved, but i did try a different style coming back to digital art, and its sooooo hard major props to digital artists.

also shoutout to callmecarson for keeping me sane while i was struggling to draw this

heres the previous ones cause i messed up the layers on the last one,

Otterstar @ Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:25 pm


~Lion~ @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:27 pm

Otterstar wrote:U USED A MOUSE??? HOWWWW?

Its the only thing i've ever used for digital so its all ik but thank u sm <333

Gift art!
by skwigler @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:19 pm [Reply]

For Bad Ideas Dave!

1lach @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:44 am

Omg prettyyyy
Plz teach me how to draw bgs

Vampiric @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:03 pm

I admire the lighting used in this piece, mmyes.

Enriched Gold
by krovii @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:53 pm [Reply]

wanted to draw some demons and test out less saturation.
also my signature is thoe because i'm known as that on my other media platforms (:

katyogo @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:00 pm

    !! this is so nice <3
    i love your style ^^

saralaxy @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:57 pm

this looks amazing!!

Miku <3
by krovii @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:14 am [Reply]

i love miku shes my idol
also gomen for my lazy cleanup, the drawing program here is so funky

That's Offensive @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:22 am

I mean miku is alright but gumi is clearly the superior vocaloid
and you did a nice art

krovii @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:55 am

That's Offensive wrote:I mean miku is alright but gumi is clearly the superior vocaloid
and you did a nice art

ok fair. gumi is also good. and thank u <3

eunoiiaa @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:58 am

this is so cute!! i love the colors you used <3

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Summer time End
by River Rain @ Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:02 am [Reply]

Well it's pretty much almost fall! Goin back ta school....gettin ready for the spoops all of that.
I love fall tho <3 after all my b day in fall and the trees look pretty :3 I should draw a background with the fall leaves coz they pretty!

tbh tho I wont miss summer haha even though I have a ton of free time. IM READY FOR THE LEAVEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

SputnikSplash @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:07 am

Sameee I love summer but I think I'm ready to see some pretty falling leaves too!!
Also ready for the spoops as well muahhaha

River Rain @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:14 am

SputnikSplash wrote:Sameee I love summer but I think I'm ready to see some pretty falling leaves too!!
Also ready for the spoops as well muahhaha

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :lol: :thumbup:

idyll @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:02 pm

oh wow, this is lovely! the way you shaded the face is stunning, and i adore how the sunlight is falling! amazing job <33

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by Zear @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:46 pm [Reply]

This was a fun bit of practice in Oekaki.

For this competition. :D

J-and-K341 @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:04 am

oh gosh i adore that so much! <3

Zear @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:26 am

Thank you! <3

An inspired piece
by SuperVerl @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:24 pm [Reply]

Been watching qwetyo's stream for awhile and I wanted to do a background that was inspired/made using her teqniques! Obviously it isn't as polished but it's my first one haha. I'm a really big fan of her drawings and her backgrounds have made me think twice about ignoring the BG in a drawing haha. After all, I used to always avoid them.

Anyway, ignore the inconsistency with the clouds and the grass. In the end, it was just an experiment c:
Also I didn't take this long, I was enjoying the stream <3

Edit: After my first feature in 2015 I never thought I would be featured again. But here I am TwT Thank you so much!
Thank you to my feature-er who enjoyed my piece enough to post it on the front page with all those other wonderful works of art <3 I feel so honored and honestly it's hard to contain my emotions O_O

Skiller @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:48 pm

I love the colors and texture!

J-and-K341 @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:51 pm

oh gosh awesome job on this! I agree, excellent use of colors for this one! <3

SuperVerl @ Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:12 pm

Ahh, thank you both! My favorite colors are yellow and teal, so I went with something kinda close to that c;
And thank you to whoever moved this to intermediate, that's very flattering >u<

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nature god
by apricity @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:31 pm [Reply]


Parksleigh~ @ Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:21 am

Morbidly beautiful--

Sakuralu based on this drawing by aldan
by Jolly Marshmallow @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm [Reply]

Making a new oc named Sakuralu :) <3

by apricity @ Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:15 am [Reply]

Haven't been drawing in about 2 years so it's really sketchy but I hope you like it!

Lostfairy @ Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:48 am

Wooooahhhh, this looks awesome!!! The colors are beautiful and man, I love sirens. XD You've really improved over the years, good job!! <33

apricity @ Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:00 pm

Ahh thank you so much!! <3 <3 I love sirens too

Lostfairy @ Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:46 pm

apricity wrote:Ahh thank you so much!! <3 <3 I love sirens too

Do you read the Webtoon Siren’s Lament, by chance? It’s a really cool take on sirens and has made me really appreciate them! ^.^

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Rise, Warriors: Blood Divides
by mewmew. @ Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:17 pm [Reply]

I never thought I'd ever get this finished. I am so happy I did though. This is the cover to my Rise clan's story, Blood Divides. I really don't think the timer is completely accurate here. There were times when I was focused on finding something to watch on Netflix while working on this and things like that.

I love all my babies. The big head is Mulestar. Down below from left to right is Sparrowpool, Dustwind, Redcinders, and the clan's deputy Timberfang (who I've never fully drawn till this moment.) I think I am gonna just go cry now. I am so happy with this. Gah.

I had a few refs especially for the bottom four.

sparrow ref
Dust ref
Red ref
Timber ref 1
Timber ref 2

mukuroikusabas @ Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:22 pm

this is hecking amazing what

SurgeFire @ Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:32 pm

i love this a lot <333 this is amazing!

mewmew. @ Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:35 pm

Gah, thanks guys! <3<3

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by startail;; @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:21 pm [Reply]

he's the best doggone dragon around.

by ~Zion~ @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:46 am [Reply]

the timers probably wrong because I took too many breaks doing this.
But anyways, enjoy this Josh Dun.

The cool of the moon
by Michael's Fan. @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:21 pm [Reply]

keeps us close..

foxes sitting in the forest, cuddling for warmth!!
I hope y'all like this, it was fun to draw!

(edit: I added moonlight coming in the trees uwu)

Hocaro Kitsune @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:22 pm

that looks so good!!

Michael's Fan. @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:24 pm

thank you hoc!! UwU

-Unbridled- @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:26 pm

This is incredible!

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rip hershey
by Michael's Fan. @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:35 pm [Reply]

in tribute to my labrador retriever, who died in 2014.
I drew him in his "angeletic" form!
He was an extremely fluffy boi who has a soft heart.
I miss you <3.

I added a mini-me bc I was small when he died.

J-and-K341 @ Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:49 pm

aw man, really sorry to hear about that. :C

But this turned out really awesome, though! <3

Michael's Fan. @ Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:52 am

its alright!
thank you very much, though!

spaceboy, you're sleepy now.
by Hubble @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:12 pm [Reply]

      Spaceboy, you're sleepy now,
      Your silhouette is so stationary,
      You're released but your custody calls,
      And I want to be free.

      Don't you want to be free?
      Do you like girls or boys?
      It's confusing these days,
      But moon dust will cover you,
      Cover you.

      [ David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy ]

    Quick bi-themed doodle. The suit and helmet in this one are based on the Project Mercury suits.

    Edit: Saw this under the featured drawings and I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a beat or two. c':

adrian @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:17 pm

    Tasty colors and shading style with this one. I like all the folds and you never cease to impress me with the quality of your skies.

birdio @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:32 pm


TheDancingDog @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:49 pm

Gorgeous!!Love the colors

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Sealed Vessel
by Ɽotten Ⱡegacy @ Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 am [Reply]

You shall seal the blinding light that plagues their dreams.

You are the Vessel.

You are the Hollow Knight.


For the full effect, perhaps you should listen to this piece's namesake, most likely my favorite song from the Hollow Knight OST.

This is undoubtedly the most time I have ever spent on a picture. And for good reason; I've never tried this style before. It's..sort of lineless? I did draw an outline for it, but I just used it as a basis for where the colors should be. That layer isn't active here.

That being said, I'm really happy with how this came out. I didn't know if I would have the patience (and physical endurance :')) to finish it, especially since I am for some reason incapable of working on pictures in multiple drawing sessions. My hand is killing me and I haven't stood up in six and a half hours, but it was worth it. It was definitely worth it.
It might say two drawing sessions--ignore that. I swear, I tried to save this post as a draft because I was so paranoid of my laptop freezing and shutting down, but clearly I have no idea how drafts work.

I decided to save an alternate version without the cloak because I liked how the infection turned out, and I was a little sad about how much I had to cover it up with the cloak.

There are 32 layers here, seven of which are not active. (Those seven consist of three sketch layers, two line layers, and two things that are specific to the cloakless version.)

As for references:
Base sprite (line ref)
Screenshot (background ref 1)
Ending (background ref 2)

lilpupin @ Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:57 am

Wow, nice job!

Ɽotten Ⱡegacy @ Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:29 am

Thank you! ^^

WeirdPotatoe @ Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:36 am

This could defiantly use a feature

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A Nice Hike
by TabberNat @ Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:41 pm [Reply]

The last time I posted art here was 2015. I still can't draw BGs very well.

This years event is really cute, I like it a lot!

♔ Salem ♔ @ Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:42 pm

The background is awesome in my opinion! Amazing job on this! ♥ c:

All Might @ Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:54 pm

.. And now I ask, would you take coms?

bananer @ Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:57 pm

Such soothing colors, It's so pleasing to look at!

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