June 22, 2017 - Black-and-orange Flycatcher or Black-and-rufous Flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa)

These flycatchers are found in the Western Ghats in southwest India. Foraging low in foliage and on the ground, they are thought to eat small invertebrates and larvae, especially spiders. Their nests are round with a side entrance and built from leaves, grasses, and fern stems. They are classified by the IUCN as Near Threatened due to habitat destruction in their small range.

May 16, 2017 - Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra)

Found in northeast Pakistan and northwest India, these flycatchers migrate to Sri Lanka and southwest India during the non-breeding season. Like other flycatchers, they feed on insects. Breeding between May and June, monogamous pairs are territorial. Their nests are messy cups of leaves, moss, and other materials built in natural holes and hollows. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN because of habitat loss and degradation in their small, fragmented range.


Decided to post here a full process of a drawing of a bird, back in the day I was producing a field-guide (that is has been published already btw).

Quite a few sketches for best poses of the bird and then one of them is picked, and worked from there…

Ficedula hipoleuca - pied-flycatcher.

Much of the sketching is done digitally - this happens after the field sketching (that is done traditionally in a sketchbook). Usually the digital sketching is done when the fieldsketching didn’t go well and time is tight. Used several refs (from photos and videos) and it was done digitally because I hate to consume TOO much paper. And that day in particular, drawing was coming out terrible, so a lot of paper would be wasted. this way, I saved a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I prefer traditional over digital, but on the day this was done I knew is would be hell of a waste. So…why not save some paper, and do it digitally XDDD

A love letter to PC gaming – Final Fantasy VII

When someone is doing a blog about gaming it seems to be a matter of grinding inevitability that at some point they write about FF7. It’s a subject that’s been lashed to death by the tongues of critics and laymen alike in the fourteen years since it’s release; and with good reason. In addition to the ubiquity of FF7 discourse it also seems to be something that people like to get awfully passionate about, though that passion isn’t always positive.

If I’m honest, I’m kind of bored by the semantics of the debate around FF7s merits (or lack thereof), so I’m going to try and sidestep it for the most part. That isn’t really the focus of this article. I will say, though, that it’s a dispute that is very close to home. My wife was a 16 bit RPGer and loved FF6 on the Super Nintendo. While she initially felt a benign indifference to FF7, that indifference quickly turned to irritation and then hostility when FF7 received what she believed to be unwarranted praise and attention, taking away from the achievements of it’s predecessor. I can understand that. I also can’t agree with it

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Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina).These small flycsthers are native to Eastern Asia. In North America, the Narcissus Flycatcher accidentally occurs only along the most western portions of the Aleutian archipelago.The name of the Narcissus Flycatcher is a reference to the yellow color of many varieties of the narcissus flower. Both photos courtesy Hiyashi Haka