On February 9th, the world lost an incredible concept artist to lung cancer. Adam Adamowicz, age 43, was with Bethesda since 2007 and will be greatly missed by fellow employees and the gaming world at large. Bethesda encourages people to donate to the American Cancer Society with their link to “squeeze the nun for service.” This stems from stories of Adam, sometimes not acknowledging visitors until they squeezed the toy nun he had at his desk.
Adamowicz was constantly “surrounded by his art” and was even drawing for “a new game many years off,” so we have yet to experience the rest of Adam’s work. One coworker wrote about his wife’s experience seeing Adam’s desk for the first time:
She was speechless looking at all of the drawings and paintings covering every inch of space. She asked how many concept artists we had. When I told her it was all done by Adam, her jaw dropped – she couldn’t believe it.
Although Fallout 3 and Skyrim both received many awards, Adamowicz said the “best kind of award you can receive for working on a game” is when fans turn game art into real live costumes, pouring hours of work into bringing his art to life.
The Elder Scrolls website has a tribute page for Adam, filled with stories and videos of his concept art for different games. Coworkers often cite his memorable sense of humor:
- “I’ll never forget seeing Adam outside walking the grounds. He used to say he was ‘scouting for ninjas’.”
- “Every payday, Adam would shout ‘Beer coupon!’ when I’d hand him his check. 5 years, and it made me laugh every single time.”
- “I never saw him without a grin and a sparkle in his eye, and he never spoke without saying something that made me laugh or planted a thought in my brain that no mortal had previously considered.”
KitGuru says: Adam will be missed by many, but his memory and work will continue to live on. As his coworker said, “Adam’s presence is indelibly felt in the games he worked on. To play his games – Fallout 3 in particular – was to know him, in a way. His personality seeped into every piece he worked on.” Thank you, Adam, for sharing your imagination with the world.