Guide to Everything
|What is oekaki?|
'Oekaki' is Japanese for 'doodle'. An oekaki program is an interactive applet that lets you draw pictures and post them on the web for others to see and comment on. Most oekaki are created in Japanese and translated into English. This website's oekaki has three painting programs. They are Shii Painter, Shii Painter Pro, and ShiiPaint BBS.
|How do I color under the lines if everything is on the same layer?|
- Click on the mask button until it says Div.
- Pick a light color.
- Run over the outline with it.
- Click on the Mask button until it says Remask.
- Right-click in the colored box in the center of the Remask button.
- Choose black.
- Run over the entire picture with black.
- Click on the Mask button until it says Mask.
- Right-click in the colored box in the center of the Mask button.
- Start coloring.
- Switch to Layer 1.
- Select the Lay-Uniform tool.
- Click and drag the Lay-Uniform tool over the entire image.
- Choose a white area in the image and right-click on it.
- Right click in the colored box in the center of the Mask button.
- Click on the Mask button until is says Remask.
- Select the WhiteRectangle tool.
- Click and drag the WhiteRectangle over the entire image.
- Switch to Layer 0, and color.
|How do I delete one of my drawings or comments?|
Use the "Delete" from the menu options at the top. Select the entry you want, and enter in the password to delete the entry.
|How do I get an icon?|
Just before you submit a drawing or comment, click on "Add an Icon" near the submit button.You will be taken to a screen where you can choose the icon to upload. Hit the checkbox marked "Reserved" if you want the icon to be for you only. The password you enter will be the password for the icon.
|How do I create my own theme contest?|
The instructions for getting to choose a new theme are at the bottom of this page.
|How do I save my work in Paintchat?|
Take a screenshot. Look at the next question to see how.
|How do I take a screenshot?|
Press the "PrintScrn" key (next to F12). This will copy a screenshot. Open a paint program such as Photoshop or Paintshop Pro, and paste your image there.
|How do I upload an image?|
Press "Write"from the menu at the top. Please don't abuse the "Write" function.
|How do I become a moderator?|
There's no standard procedure for becoming a moderator. Just display responsibility and maturity, and watch the Forums for any moderator announcements. Artistic skill is not a criteria for becoming a moderator.
|Can I post my drawings from Photoshop or other oekaki boards?|
Yes. Please post them on the Upload Board. Make sure you are fully aware of all the board's rules before uploading. (If there is no upload board, just post on the General Board.)
|Can I post my hand-drawn art?|
Yes. Please post them on the General Board. If you want to post it on any other board, you will have to spend as much time working on it online as it took for you to draw it. Hand-drawn art that is low-quality or badly scanned will not meet the standards of the boards, and will be deleted.
|How can I contribute to the community?|
Be respectful of differences in age, artistic skill, race, and religion.
Leave lots of comments, and criticism if it's requested. Everyone loves comments.
Rarely leave pictures unfinished, and always return to finish them.
Don't cover up your unfinished pics with a blank color.
Delete your unfinished pics using the delete buttons. Delete your double-posts.
Post messages and discussions in the Forums instead of the oekaki boards. Please use email for private discussion and disputes.
If you upload or trace your images, spend as much effort personalizing them as the original artist took to create them.
Use the "Write" button as rarely as possible.
Help newbies learn what's going on.
Remember your password. It's easier if you use the same one or two passwords all the time.
Voice your opinions in a mature fashion. Your opinions are always welcome, but fighting-words are not.
Respect the integrity of the boards. Without integrity, there would be no need for rules :).
|Can I draw a picture with artistic nudity?|
Your image will be removed for graphic nudity whether it is artistic or not.
|What is plagarism, and what isn't?|
Taking credit for someone else's artwork is plagarism. Posting plagarism more than once will be considered spamming and it might get you banned.
It it ok to use references for your drawings. If you use a reference, please post credit or the link where the reference could be found.
A link to the artist must also be included if you upload a doll-base.
|Can I draw something controversial?|
Any image is ok, as long as it does not have graphic nudity and it avoids tastelessness. Your pic may be considered tasteless if it has gratuitous obscenity, or if it advocates hatred towards a specific group of people. It may also be considered tasteless if it shows or implies a sexual act in an offensive manner. Your image will be deleted if it has these things.
If your image is only a little offensive, you might get some complaints from it. Even if your image is not removed, prepare for negative responses. It is your right to post whatever content you want on the boards, and it is other peoples' right to discuss their negative feelings about it. The other members have to put up with your questionable drawings, and you have to put up with their unfavorable replies. If the unhappiness you receive from their replies outweighs the happiness you gained from posting your art, we strongly suggest that you refrain from posting.
|How violent is too violent?|
Any amount of violence is ok, as long as your image does not advocate violence against a particular group of people.
|What's the size limit for images?|
To see the size and data limits for pictures, just click where it says "Help" or "Settings" in the menu at the top. Some boards have slightly different settings.
|How come when I edit my comments, there are weird thingys in between every word?|
Your browser needs to be able to display Japanese characters for your editted post to show up correctly.
If you need to download the Japanese character set (in IE):
In the IE toolbar, press Tools/Internet Options/Languages/Add/Japanese.
If you have already downloaded the Japanese character set:
Change "view / encoding / japanese auto select".
|Is it ok to give constructive criticism?|
Experienced artists generally want constructive criticism, and inexperienced new artists generally don't want constructive criticism. For leaving crits, consider the artist's experience, use your best judgment, and remember the following:
- Crits are generally unwanted on the General Board.
- Crits are always ok on the Advanced Board and Vets Board.
|How come the artists that are really good don't have to draw on the Advanced and Vets Board?|
Some artists don't want to draw with all the pressure and criticism of the higher boards, even if they are really good. Veteran and advanced artists can draw on the General Board without setting out to create a masterpiece. Also please remember that as you continue to draw, your eyes will mature. Budding artists and new artists, in particular, are most impressed with art technique- that is, the realism and detail that goes into a drawing. However a lot of different factors go into the Advanced/Vets standards- including composition, background, perspective and consistent lighting. Instead of dwelling on the problem, look on the brighter side. Don't let other's art scare you, and instead see it as an example of what you can achieve.