Welcome back to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with gawrone, one of our Artisans! gawrone has been creating art for Habitica since 2019, including seasonal outfits, backgrounds for your avatar and some of the pets and mounts you can collect!
gawrone, how did you get involved with Habitica?
I typed “list of best organiser apps” or something like that, since this is what I usually do when forced to choose out of options about which I have no understanding. Habitica was somewhere in one of the result links, and immediately grabbed my attention as unique among many overcomplicated calendars, managers and too-do list creators. It offered much more than I was aware I needed, and was more than perfect for a fantasy, RPG and pixel art fan like me.
What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?
So far I made over 50 pixel art contributions and it is hard to choose, but I could limit myself to winners of 3 categories:
- Appreciation from above. My Steampunk Airship background was picked by the staff to be turned into an animated version. That was a rewarding surprise to me.
- Appreciation from around. Whenever I see them used, I’m very glad that I had an opportunity to make Pirate Set Armoire items, to add more options for mixing and matching unique combinations to all the pirates.
- Appreciation from inside. The idea for a Bell Mage weapon came to my head out of nowhere and I thought it could be something new but probably impossible to make look good. The result is really satifying to me, which doesn’t happen very often.
What are your secret superpowers?
I have a returning dream about me being the only person on earth, that can fly just by waving their arms fast, but only up to one meter above the ground, which probably makes it the most useless superpower ever. It is a secret power, because I haven’t tried yet if I actually have it. But one day I will.
I also have a lot of tiny, ordinary powers, which brings us to Habitica – helping someone like me to focus on becoming a master of at least one of them, instead of throwing the potential around.
What are your secret weaknesses?
My concentration issues do not only prevent me from working undistracted for longer periods of time, but also makes me forget things to a dangerous and irritating levels for both me and people around me. But this is no secret.
As secret I would have to choose overanalyzing things that often makes me unable to “simply answer the question” (presented here), and incredibly weak skills of reading hidden intentions, mixed or ambivalent messages, sarcastic taunts and such. I tend to automatically interpret people as much more straightforward and sincere than they really are, and I know that most people are much, much more adequate at this reading ability.
What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?
Skeleton Whale Pet and Skeleton Fox Mount is my favorite combination. Looks awesome and also barely covers the background. Design-wise I’m amazed by the Wind-Up, Vampire and Sand Sculpture potion versions. If I would have to choose only one to use forever it would be the Base Fox. Just can’t beat this one.
What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?
Stuff to do at work, stuff to do in life, few bad habits. Things that are too private to share or too common to be worth mentioning.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I always equally enjoy interesting and meaningful or fun and silly conversations with my wife, but when I do have free time for myself I like CRPG, fantasy novels or books about animals and evolution, and rubbing my dog’s belly.
What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?
I don’t know much and those I know, were already mentioned. But I do have one tip for potential contributors. I’ve always wanted to do pixel art. I joined the Habitica Pixels in Progress (Aspiring Artisans) guild but wasted many months before I actually defeated my insecurity and dared to ask how to contribute, and started pixeling. Now pixel art is my third job (yes I had a day job, and a weekend job and now I also have a night job :D). It couldn’t happen without Habitica the app and Habitica the community. Don’t be like me! Stop waiting. If you have a dream aspiration, a useful skill, a developing talent, that can help Habitica grow, just go for it. It will benefit others but it will also benefit you.
Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?
In case of an introvert like me, the correct answer is: mostly in Inventory and Edit Avatar menus, endlessly combining stuff. I also like to scroll through Pixel Power and Costume Carnival guilds, but I miss days when I was able to be more active.
Want to learn about some of the other contributors who make Habitica such a cool place? Check the Contributor Spotlight and Staff Spotlight tags on our blog!