One of Bethesda Games most important concept artists, the mind behind Fallout 3 and a major contributor to Skyrim and other Bethesda titles Adam Adamowicz has passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. His passing was quietly announced via Pete Hines’ via Twitter after Skyrim won best RPG at the Academy of Arts & Sciences awards last night.

In a passionate posting at awesome-robo, the impact this one man had on the worlds we inhabit daily can be felt and seen. While his contribution to gaming may not be well known (I’d never heard of Adam until today) I keenly feel the loss of his vision and will work now to understand the gifts his talent has given to me across the hundreds of hours I’ve put into Bethesda’s titles.

No artist is a one-dimensional being, though. Adamowicz worked in a variety of mediums, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, which can still be viewed on his personal website. Unlike so many contemporary digital artists, Adam’s workspace was covered in hand-drawn art that eventually found home in the Wastelands of Washington D.C. and the high, snow-covered peaks of Skyrim.

The RipTen team offers their condolences to the friends and family of Adam and assure you that he left a mark on us all.

Update: Bethesda has posted a touching tribute to Adam. You can read about it here.




  1. As a fan of Fallout and Skyrim I also feel the loss.

    Art is such a great part of games, so for that i salute you Adam Adamowicz (If that is appropriate, i’m not sure how to say it since i’m dutch)

  2. Fallout 3 is the only game I play, and has been for a few years now. I love it, it takes me to another place and time and I can totally get lost in the “world” of Fallout. I have a very vivid imagination, when I read books it’s like I am immersed in them, almost like the images the book paints in my mind become the world around me.

    Fallout 3 was the only game to ever give me that feeling, like I was “in” the game. I had been praying another Fallout would be created that would rival the depth I found in Fallout 3, but New Vegas was a sad and empty shell that never came close to the greatness that was Fallout 3. The realness and depth was gone, the storyline hard to follow and it lacked the meaning there was in Fallout 3.

    Now I truly fear the joy that Fallout 3 has given me will never again be matched. The artwork was a major part of why and how I was able to delve so deeply into the fantasy that was Fallout 3.

    Rest In Peace Mr. Adamowicz. You will be missed greatly by this man. Your art brought me to a place no other game had ever managed, and none has since. I will truly miss what you brought to the world with your art, which was a place I could escape reality and live another life, if only for a short time.

  3. Rest in peace, I didn’t know you but I saw the beauty you created which lead me to want to know you.

    Condolences to his family.

  4. The Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series are my favourite games, Fallout 3 being my favourite out of them. They aren’t going to be the same without you, rest in peace my friend. 

  5. The Lord as called you unto him Adam. There you shall find paradise, and eternal peace. The Lord needs new games, and when the Lord has beaten everything Gamestop has to offer. He calls in the sources. 

    Rest in peace my friend.