Obituary: Bethesda concept artist Adam Adamowicz

The man who defined the look of Fallout 3 succumbs to cancer

Adam Adamowicz, a concept artist best known for his work with Bethesda, died of cancer last week.

Bethesda's Pete Hines revealed the news through his Twitter feed, and Todd Howard dedicated Skyrim's AIAS award for best RPG to Adamowicz's memory.

Adamowicz contributed to the recent smash hit Skyrim, but his creative voice is most apparent on Bethesda's reinvention of the Fallout franchise, for which his copious, detailed artwork was the basis.

Prior to joining Bethesda, Adamowicz supplied art for the Dark Horse Comics anthology New Recruits, Fantagrafics Books' Duplex Planet, and cover illustrations for Malibu Graphics.

On his personal blog, Adamowicz also recalled, "a lot of years surviving on odd jobs, from driving an ice-cream truck, building haunted houses, fabricating window display sculptures, to apprentice tattooing, and, yes, as a cake decorator for a bakery specialising in erotic cake designs. How do ya like that?"

The artist's collective blog AwesomeRobo paid tribute with a heartfelt post describing Adamowicz as an, "anomaly in the games industry."

"A veritable one-man conceptual machine, who, unlike his contemporary counterparts, did a majority of his work in non digital mediums. Fallout 3 was pretty much visually designed from the ground up by one humble man who got little to no recognition, nor sought it."

To see more of Adamowicz's work and read his thoughts on art and design, visit his blog.

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Paul Brown5 years ago
RIP :/
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Daniel Forslund CEO/Producer, Trino Creative5 years ago
Always incredibly sad when someone so young passes away prematurely. RIP.
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Jim Murdoch Translator/writer 5 years ago
Very sad indeed, a horribly unjust disease. My sympathies to all his friends, colleagues and family.
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John Tearle Founder, CEO, Flix Interactive5 years ago
Very sad to hear he has gone, his work was truly inspirational.
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Patrick Ward Co-Founder/Art Director/Artist 5 years ago
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Hakki Sahinkaya5 years ago
Very sad. Condolences to close relations and R.I.P. You are immortal through your work.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Hakki Sahinkaya on 13th February 2012 5:23pm

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Christopher Pope Test Associate, Unity Technologies ApS5 years ago
Sad news, his work is very inspirational, thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
An excellent artist that will be sadly missed.
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Eric Periard Web developer - project officer cs-01, Cotrectional Service Canada5 years ago
Rest in peace
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Graham Flood SDE, Microsoft5 years ago
Very sad. His blog demonstrates his enormous talent.
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Steve M Studying BA Hons Computer Arts, University of Abertay Dundee5 years ago
RIP, I loved this guys artwork, exceptional skill.
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Adrian Lai Animator 5 years ago
R.I.P., if Bethesda games no longer look as good from now on at least we know why.
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Amit Boparai Designer, Frontier Developments5 years ago
Another massive talent falls to this vicious disease, I lost one of my best friends when he was just 26 to lung cancer, an epic guitarist and a great animator. My thoughts go out to Adam's family, friends and loved ones - RIP
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RIP for a fantastic artist.
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David Grealish Studying Game Art & Animation, Train2Game5 years ago
RIP to an artist above others
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