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Spontaneous Generation: 15 Years of Half-Life Creations

Art & Creations Half-Life

Half-Life is now fifteen. Ok we already known that by now, right?

Throughout these 15 years the game has attracted quite a vast array of artists throughout many forms of artistic efforts. Half-Life has a very creativity community. As a result, there has been an overload of Half-Life fan-art and creations that has and is still being produced after all these years. Don’t believe us?

We wanted to share with you some of the amazing artwork and creativity from around the community that caught our eye over the past fifteen years. Like in all of our other compilations from our 15 Years of Half-Life celebration, we cannot cover everything under the sun and we have very likely forgotten or have not seen many other amazing things too. Please feel free however to remind us!

Spontaneous Generation: 15 Years of Half-Life Creations

Artwork by Chemical Alia

Shaylyn Hamm, or known more well known to the community as ‘Chemical Alia’ has produced an amazing collection of digital artwork relating to Valve’s games, especially the Half-Life series. Shaylyn actually works for Gearbox Software as an environmental artist and recently worked on Borderlands 2, so you know that this is going to be some serious stuff!

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You can see an entire list of her Valve-related works on a list on the Steam Forums.

Check out here entire folder of Valve stuff and her own personal creations here.

Concerned by Christopher C. Livingston

If there was one thing Valve missed out from Half-Life 2, it is that there are not enough jokes about toilets in it, right? Well, thanks to Chris Livingston, there is a fix.

Concerned is a webcomic about the (half) life and death of Gordon Frohman on his misadventures through City 17 and it’s outskirts. It has received a lot of recognition from popular international gaming magazines and publications such as Joystiq and PC Zone, it even has it’s own Wikipedia article!

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The story (if you have not already read it (which we recommend you do!)), is supposedly set in a short time before Gordon Freeman actually arrives. Frohman, unlike Freeman (and pretty much the rest of humanity) actually loves life under the Combine’s domination and suppression and becomes disappointed when he cannot be surgically transformed into a Combine Solider. Along his paths he comes across many Half-Life 2 characters we are all familiar with, however Frohams take is most always clumsy and bewildered.

Livingston started working on the comic in 2005 as a hobby using Garry’s Mod to create scenes and poses which were then screen-captured and edited into a comic format. The main aim was to bring a bit of humour to Half-Life 2’s story in a way we all could relate to.

Well, I thought Half-Life 2 was a great game, but there simply weren’t enough jokes about toilets in it. So, I thought a comic would be a good place to get some humor into the game. I came up with the idea for Frohman, a complete idiot, to play all the way through the game, just like Freeman only instead of being a hero, he’d be a complete fool.

– Christopher Livingston

You can read the full comic over on Christopher’s site, Screen Cuisine.

Life with Lamarr, Apostasy and more Comics

Like with Concerned, Garry’s Mod became a very popular tool for comic makers.

There have been many Comics produced over the years, with Concerned being possibly the most well known. Whilst we obviously couldn’t list them all, here are a few that grabbed our attention over the past 15 years.

Apostasy by James Brandt


Life with Lamarr by Conan Fiori-McPhee



The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage by Mythos


Oh and if you want to see more, check out the Screenshots or Creations section on the Facepunch forums. You can find a few on, a small and relatively new blog dedicated to Gmod Comics.

Artwork by WillhelmKranz

If you have ever snooped around for good Half-Life wallpapers then there is no doubt you have prably come across by the work of Colin M. Winkler, a.k.a WillhelmKranz.



Image Compilations by ‘Tastytofusoup’

‘tastytofusoup’ has published an insane amount of screenshots from the Half-Life series, mainly Half-Life 2. However his screenshots are not ordinary screenshots. I don’t know if there is a proper name for what he does, but you could call it ‘game photography’.

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Check out his work on his blog.

Half-Life Creature Sculptures by WispyChipmunk

Some amazing hand-crafted sculptures of various Xen creatures from the Half-Life Series, even including a Chumtoad!

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Half-Life Drawn from Memory by Corinthian

In 2012, a user known as Corinthian created an entire map a map of Half-Life 1, from the start of Anomalous Materials to the end of Xen, even including friend/enemy locations. What’s even more amazing is that Corinthian claims it was drawn from memory. Click the image to view full size.


Also check out Vic’s article about this from last year.

Half-Life Lego by ‘Orrange’

A Flickr user by the name of ‘Orrange’ has showcased a range of extremely detailed Lego themed Half-Life sets over the years. The collection contains a variety of main characters, enemies and scenes.


You can check out Orrange’s Flickr gallery here.

Gifs by Protokol

Protokol is a user who creates animated-gif images of various NPC animations and movements. Protokol’s work captures the animations in quite a raw form and uses the looping of gif-animations to repeat the sequences infinitely.


You can check out all of her work here.

Half-Life Illustrations by Shane Hillman

Shane Hillman, also known as ‘BryanTheEvery’ is an illustrator from Canada. He created a compilation of Half-Life monsters. He did quite a few and you can check them all out on his DeviantArt Gallery and also on his blog.

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More Stuff!

Half-Life Wallpaper by Yahuda (Original idea by Barnz)

It’s almost like a recap of everything from Half-Life 1 to Half-Life 2.


Half-Life Isometric by Ricardo73

A cool pixel recreation that makes me wonder what Half-Life could have been as a SNES rpg.

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Barnacle Lamp by Daniel Ritthanondh

Finally, some use for Barnacles other than sucking up explosive barrels.


Gravity Gun Replica by Harrison Krix

This gravity gun was made far before NECA started selling their own. Read about this one here.


Black Mesa Maps by Per Borgman and Daniel Razi Dryburgh

A a few maps that visualise Black Mesa Research Facility (click for full size).



There was also a Soviet style map of Black Mesa created too, check it out over on the Steam User Forums.

There are many, many more great works that deserve tribute not listed here. What are some of your favourites? Add them in the comments!

Oh and if you have created anything yourself, which you’d like to share with us, feel free to send it to creations [at] or submit via our Tumblr.


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  1. So does anyone have some 3d maps of the levels in Opposing Force? Particularly Welcome to Black Mesa, Missing in Action, Crush Depth and the last level?

  2. This brings back som memories =)

  3. Also, you misspelled “Frohman”. Although “Froham” is a great name, too!

  4. Thanks for the mention, guys.

  5. Also love the pixel one.

  6. New wallpaper resource! Bookmarked.

  7. And there was nary a mention of PHWOnline that day. :'(

    I’ve searched high and low, and it’s like it was almost completely wiped from the web.

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