You Can Thank This Man For The Look Of Gears Of War

Epic Games has a common visual style running through all its games. Gears of War looks like Unreal Tournament which looks like Bulletstorm. If you've ever wondered why that is, well, wonder no more.

It's because of artist James "Hawkprey" Hawkins.

Hawkins is a concept artist employed at Epic who is responsible for that trademark "look" the company's games all share: the big boots, the clunky armour, the rustic weaponry. He's worked on all three of the Gears of War games, as well as the Unreal series and even done a little on Bulletstorm, the rest of that game looking like his work because, well, that's just what Epic games have to look like these days.

This is a great collection of work from all those games and series listed above, with character art and equipment designs ranging from rough sketches to the finished product.

You can see a lot more at Hawkprey's personal site.

To see the larger pics in all their glory, either click the "expand" icon on the gallery screen or right click and "open link in new tab".

Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!


    Really like his vehicle design but loathe his characters


      I love it all, especially the monster designs. The Locust have to be one of my favourite races in video games.

    Looks like a bit of spoiler in the description for the "Locust Sires". Really wish I hadn't begun to read that.

      The Sires were in Gears 2, they were the things in the big tubes in that science lab level. Plus the name Sire is kind of a spoiler in itself.

    Wow that is some talent.

    PS Gears 2 was like popcorn... except scene where they found slave maria... I actually cried, they really generated an an emotional moment there.

    No helmets and little arm protection. Is that kind of like putting a female with skimpy armour in an RPG? But, we look past those impracticalities...

      All the gears 3 characters are having that aesthetic.

    Man, screw the skeptics who say that Gears of War has a cliche and over-masculine aesthetic. The designs are original, consistent and take a much needed departure from the boring realism seen in the plethora of generic FPS titles that continue to dominate the market.

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