about the site

dubird's ark has been around for a long, long time. It started in 1996 as my original, all-purpose site. It has since grown and expanded. When I purchased my domain name, I originally kept the ark as a 'personal' type site. I realized later that it wasn't working very well. I was reluctant to rename the domain, but I liked the concept of 'dubird's ark', so I decided to revamp it as my art site. That is the incarnation you see before you now.

All images for this were created by me, Dubird, and the layout was made for this site. The Catboy was not, as he was an image I did a while back, but I like him. Dubird and her minions use Notepad for the actual codeing for the site, PHP and mySQL for the database functions, and Paint Shop Pro for the images.

about the artist

Dubird has been around since 1978, though not in a form most online would recognize. She started life in Arkansas, and continues to live there, despite dreams of moving to Texas. She hopes one day to become a famous website designer, creating layouts and graphics for lots of people. In the meantime, she works as a typesetter and graphics designer for a local copy shop.

As for what she likes to do in her spare time, she reads, plays computer games, watches Mythbusters, and plays around with lots of types of graphics. She wishes she could draw better, but is happy with her mad CG skills and always looking to learn new techniques. She has tried her hand at webcomics (and really needs to finish the current storyline), and has recently gotten interested in doing game mods.

Dubird uses JASC Paint Shop Pro for all her computer art. She uses a plain sketch pad and pencil for the sketches, and if she decided to an image completly on paper, uses colored pencils or a simple ink pen to finish it.

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FAQs

Or, rather, things people might someday ask, or things I just feel like putting down.

What's the "M" stand for on some of the thumbnails?

The M stands for Mature, and is on any images that might be rated above PG13. Nothing too bad, possibly blood and gore, mild nudity. I will sometimes do artistic nudity, but I don't do porn, so none of that here.

What do you use to do your art?

Sketches are done with just regular sketchpad paper and #7 mechanical pencil that has been imbued with the talent of the muses. Unfortunatly, said pencil's talent has faded over the years, so it only works part of the time. Coloring is done with the computer. I do the lines with either Illustrator, using the brush strokes to get a varied width, or with PSP9's vector line function. (usually Illustrator) All coloring is done with PSP9. Yes, I could use Photoshop, but I prefer PSP. I like the tools better and the only thing it can't do that Photoshop can is convert to CMYK, which I don't normally need.

How long have you been drawing?

Off and on, since middle school. Of course, it was just doodles, but I did take an art class in 7th grade. XD I didn't really start focusing on it until college, however, so if you count serious attempts it would be since 1997. Once I learned how to draw and color on the computer, I practiced a lot with that and learned how to fix sketches, so I really didn't start trying to make the sketches good until a few years ago. I would like to eventually get good enough with paper and pencil and then ink that I can make good lineart, scan it in, and color it, but I don't know how long that'll take me since I don't have a very steady hand. ^^;

What got you in to drawing?

You know, I really can't point to any one thing. I doodled all the time as a kid, and I've always wanted to be an artist. I think part of that is the fact that my grandpa and my dad are both good artists, as is my sister. My brother was good too in high school, but never really persued it. There's a lot of artistic talent in my family, though no one ever tried to make money off it, and that's one thing that really made me start trying harder to get better. It's not for some sense of 'oh, I need to prove myself' or anything like that. It's just that I know ability is there somewhere, but it's pretty deep, so I have to really practice to draw it out.

What inspires you?

The world around me? *L* Seriously, that pretty much covers it. I'll get ideas from random things, though a lot of them are from songs, and want to get them down on paper. A lot of times, a line from a song or a show will stick in my head, and the only way to get it out is to do something artistic with it. For example, Vertigo. That song stuck in my head literally for WEEKS until I drew her. And now, every time I hear that song, she pops up into my head. Really, it's the little things that tend to inspire me the most. They don't always have special meaning, but it'll haunt me until I do something about it.