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Obituary: Bethesda concept artist Adam Adamowicz

By Matthew Handrahan

Mon 13 Feb 2012 9:27am GMT / 4:27am EST / 1:27am PST

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

Bethesda Softworks

The Bethesda Softworks division, founded in 1986, has a long history of success as a developer and publisher...

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 Brown Senior Developer, IGT

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RIP :/

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Daniel Forslund CEO/Producer, Trino Creative

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Always incredibly sad when someone so young passes away prematurely. RIP.

Posted:3 years ago


Jim Murdoch Translator/writer

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Very sad indeed, a horribly unjust disease. My sympathies to all his friends, colleagues and family.

Posted:3 years ago


John Tearle Founder, CEO, Flix Interactive

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Very sad to hear he has gone, his work was truly inspirational.

Posted:3 years ago


Patrick Ward Co-Founder/Art Director/Artist

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Posted:3 years ago


Hakki Sahinkaya

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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

Posted:3 years ago


Christopher Pope Test Associate, Unity Technologies ApS

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Sad news, his work is very inspirational, thoughts are with his family and friends.

Posted:3 years ago


Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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An excellent artist that will be sadly missed.

Posted:3 years ago


Eric Periard Web developer - project officer cs-01, Cotrectional Service Canada

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Rest in peace

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Graham Flood SDE, Microsoft

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Very sad. His blog demonstrates his enormous talent.

Posted:3 years ago


Steve M Studying BA Hons Computer Arts, University of Abertay Dundee

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RIP, I loved this guys artwork, exceptional skill.

Posted:3 years ago


Adrian Lai Animator

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R.I.P., if Bethesda games no longer look as good from now on at least we know why.

Posted:3 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

Posted:3 years ago

RIP for a fantastic artist.

Posted:3 years ago


David Grealish Studying Game Art & Animation, Train2Game

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RIP to an artist above others

Posted:3 years ago


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