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Obituary: Bethesda concept artist Adam Adamowicz

Mon 13 Feb 2012 9:27am GMT / 4:27am EST / 1:27am PST
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The man who defined the look of Fallout 3 succumbs to cancer

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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.

15 Comments

Paul Brown
Senior Developer

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RIP :/

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Daniel Forslund
CEO/Producer

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

Posted:2 years ago

#2

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:2 years ago

#3

John Tearle
Founder, CEO

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

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Patrick Ward
Co-Founder/Art Director/Artist

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Tragic.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

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:2 years ago

#6
Sad news, his work is very inspirational, thoughts are with his family and friends.

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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An excellent artist that will be sadly missed.

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Eric Periard
Web developer - project officer cs-01

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Rest in peace

Posted:2 years ago

#9
Very sad. His blog demonstrates his enormous talent.

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Steve M
Studying BA Hons Computer Arts

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RIP, I loved this guys artwork, exceptional skill.

Posted:2 years ago

#11

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:2 years ago

#12
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:2 years ago

#13
RIP for a fantastic artist.

Posted:2 years ago

#14

David Grealish
Studying Game Art & Animation

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RIP to an artist above others

Posted:2 years ago

#15

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