1. Post #1
    HUGE NERD
    Dacheet's Avatar
    November 2007
    6,304 Posts
    Earlier today we learned that Adam Adamowicz, one of the main concept artists behind Fallout 3, Skyrim and other Bethesda titles, passed away today. It was silently announced, but I'd like to shine some light on Adam because he was an anomaly in the game 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.

    For those who are unaware, I also work in the videogame industry as a concept artist and often sought inspiration from what other conceptual designers were doing in the industry. Back when Fallout 3 was released, it came with a making of DVD showcasing how the game was built from the ground up. When Adam's art pit showed up in the video, with his own hand drawn art covering every inch of space from the ground up in his cubicle I was nothing short of blown away, and filled with inspiration.



    Hearing him talk about how he approached visual design changed my mindset about how I approached concept art, it had a real effect on me. Seriously, just sit back and imagine how much work it took one man to design a world as vast as Fallout 3 over the course of its development. For most artists in this industry that would seem like an impossible feat! Adam had something special going on, and was committed to the vision that everyone around him had at Bethesda. The fact that the game industry has lost this bright mind is a major blow in my opinion, and through our little blog I hope to shed some light on an event that most gaming blogs couldn't care less about.

    Please check out after the break to get a little spotlight on his legacy.

    A quote from his Vault Diary, a great read for anyone interested in hearing how he approached various design challenges:

    "Visualizing all of the aspects of a make believe world is quite an educational experience. On any given day I could be simultaneously learning about multiple topics, from motorcycle engines to 50ís fashion design. Itís kind of like writing and filming a National Geographic documentary film for an actual sci-fi world. For this job, I think the more you read on a wide variety of subjects, the better equipped you are to create depth and realism, especially for a fantasy setting. The fantastic thatís grounded in real world elements and then elaborated and exaggerated upon, seem to work the best, and create a solid jumping off point. This often creates fertile ground for generating additional story elements that can influence costumes, machines, and even motives for the various personalities inhabiting a made up world.

    Seeing Syd Mead lecture in SF was an incredibly profound lesson on design. During the Q&A I asked him how far he went on a design to make it technically believable. His advice was Ďto design with the story in mind and stay consistent with ití. Hence I learned that the Sulacco from Aliens is essentially a massive gun in space with a big nuclear reactor at one end which beautifully fits the theme of space marines exploring a planet infested with deadly hostile aliens. That answer freed me obsessing over minutiae that diverges story-wise, and focus on the broad strokes that propel the story. The addition of ensuing consistent minutiae would give it richness."


    Jump to 45 seconds in to see his part in the Fallout 3 documentary.
    Just a small selection of art that he created just for Fallout 3. The quantity, and quality of work he produced was nothing short of mind blowing.

    Rest in peace, Adam.
    In conclusion please let your friends know, especially if they enjoyed Fallout 3, to take a minute tomorrow to honor someone who helped bring us so many hours of joy via the world he created for us. He will be missed.
    Source, with photos of his concept art for FO3
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  2. Post #2
    2014 SH Pun Award Nominee
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    January 2009
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    If only it wasn't him but some engine coders instead.
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  3. Post #3
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    July 2010
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    Fuck. He was (and still is) a huge inspiration for me.
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  4. Post #4
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    July 2007
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    If only it wasn't him but some engine coders instead.
    John Carmack then?
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  5. Post #5
    2014 SH Pun Award Nominee
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    January 2009
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    John Carmack then?
    I meant anybody responsible for gamebryo.
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  6. Post #6
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    April 2007
    4,578 Posts
    Aw man, it always sucks to see such a creative mind pass. My condolences to his friends and family. :(
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  7. Post #7
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    January 2006
    10,113 Posts
    This is really weird and upsetting. I reinstalled Fallout 3 today just at random, felt like playing it again and now I read this. He's been a real inspiration to me.
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  8. Post #8
    Oh no, what have I done!
    milkandcooki's Avatar
    November 2007
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    Sad to see talented people die.
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  9. Post #9
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    June 2008
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    Brilliant artist, sad to see he's passed.
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  10. Post #10
    LIVE LIKE A WINDRAMMER AS YOU FUCK
    Murkat's Avatar
    June 2010
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    That sucks. Fallout 3 and Skyrim are pretty beautiful.

    How'd he die?

  11. Post #11
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    June 2005
    1,378 Posts
    Erm, I hadn't read the title properly and then watched the video. I read the title again and honestly, I'm shocked. This guys concept art is really an inspiration...

    How did he die? Maybe I misread, but it's not mentioned.

  12. Post #12
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    Dennab
    March 2009
    2,583 Posts
    How did he die? he looks way too young to die of old age.

  13. Post #13
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    July 2010
    12,001 Posts
    I'm going to take a guess it was heart disease since he wasn't very old.

    This is sad, his artwork is great.

  14. Post #14
    WeekendWarrior's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Shame about his passing, Fallout 3 in particular had some really interesting concept art.

  15. Post #15
    ehheh's Avatar
    November 2010
    657 Posts
    I'm going to take a guess it was heart disease since he wasn't very old.

    This is sad, his artwork is great.
    How did he die? he looks way too young to die of old age.
    How did he die? Maybe I misread, but it's not mentioned.
    If what I'm reading is true, he died from some rare form of cancer.
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  16. Post #16
    GOD FUCKING DAMNIT
    KILLTHIS's Avatar
    September 2005
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    What a shame.

  17. Post #17
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    October 2009
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    I'm interested to see how this will effect the visuals of future Bethesda games.

    That sucks man.
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  18. Post #18
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    August 2007
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    I loved that book of concept art that came with Fallout 3. I didn't realize that the majority of it was his work.

  19. Post #19
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    February 2005
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    Oh sweet, I still have my lunchbox.

    I loved the artbook that came with it.
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  20. Post #20
    Beverage Bandit
    kevlar jens's Avatar
    November 2005
    19,210 Posts
    aww thats too bad. his work was really good (but unfortunately not realized too good)

  21. Post #21
    Black's Avatar
    December 2009
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    Ive been a fan of him for a long time without knowing :(
    R.I.P
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  22. Post #22
    Dennab
    February 2010
    1,404 Posts
    What a shame. He was a good man. What a rotten way to die.

  23. Post #23
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    May 2011
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    Fuck, I still have his artwork somewhere on the shelves. It's sad to see someone talented die for no good reason.

  24. Post #24
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    November 2009
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    While Gamebryo is a piece of shit, I always liked the art direction of Fallout 3 and NV. Really sad to see that he passed away.

  25. Post #25
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    December 2007
    786 Posts
    I loved this guys art, I have a feeling that the next Bethesda game just wont be the same without him
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    September 2011
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    Rest in Peace, Adam!

  27. Post #27
    Glory To Victotzka
    NoaJM's Avatar
    November 2010
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    Rest In Peace mate, you've done some awesome shit.

  28. Post #28
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    I'm interested to see how this will effect the visuals of future Bethesda games.

    That sucks man.
    for bethesda he only did the concept art for fallout 3 and skyrim (or at least that's all he's credited for, he might have minor work in other games) which is really concerning because fallout 3 and skyrim are the only games they've ever released that are legitimately pretty

  29. Post #29
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    April 2009
    5,355 Posts
    god dammit, he had one of the coolest concept arts.
    i don't know what i'll be seeing for a new fallout game now, with him not there giving his great concept art. i don't know if it'll be good or bad, and i don't know if they'll hire someone bad or good. i'm worried both for the game series and the company

  30. Post #30
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    kaine123's Avatar
    February 2010
    9,547 Posts
    Why do bad things have to happen to good people.

  31. Post #31
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    November 2011
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    Adam Adamowicz...what a badass name.
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  32. Post #32
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    August 2007
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    *joke about sovngarde*
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