Ted Backman

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'''Ted Backman''' is art director, conceptual artist, illustrator, and animator for Valve. 

FilePICTURE6 (Ted).png|thumb|right|Ted Backman and Vanessa Slough around 1998, in an unused texture file found in the ''Half-Life'' files.

Backman has been a freelance artist and animator in the Seattle area since the mid-2000s.http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,22337/ MobyGame profile Prior to joining Valve in the summer of 1996, he studied painting at the University of Washington.http//www.valvesoftware.com/company/people.html Company People on Valve's official website He designed most of the Synth met in ''Half-Life 2''.''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' As most of the Valve employees, he also worked on ''wcleft4deadLeft 4 Dead|Left 4 Dead''. He is married to Vanessa Slough.http//www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798729567 Facebook profile

On Valve's official website, his function is described as follows ''"Prior to joining Valve in the summer of 1996, Ted studied painting at the University of Washington. During his time at Valve, Ted has been responsible for designing and building many of the people, places and things that inhabit Black Mesa, City 17, and the outlying environments. A Seattle native, Ted finds drizzle comforting and insists Paynes grey is his favorite color."''

Backman said that one of his inspirations for the ''Half-Life'' creatures was WikipediaH. R. Giger|H.R. Giger's ''WikipediaNecronomicon (H. R. Giger)|Necronomicon'' paintings and its sexual innuendos. It is possible he was also influenced by WikipediaWayne Barlowe|Wayne Douglas Barlowe's paintings.

He is also black belt karate instructor.http//www.spoke.com/info/p6JbIZ2/TedBackman Spoke profile

FileSigns hospital01.png|thumb|right|The Hospital Easter egg.
*His Backman (scientist)|name appears in ''Half-Life'' as an Easter egg on a Sector C locker and can be Backman (security guard)|heard in announcements. He also gave his likeness to the Citizen Citizen list|Male 02, "Ted". His name also appears as an Easter egg on a sign in the Hospital featured in ''Episode One''.

==Work for the ''Half-Life'' series==
===''Half-Life'' series===
====''Half-Life'' (1998)====
*The Barnacle
*The Black Mesa Research Facility
*The Bullsquid
*The Charger (Xen creature)|Charger
*The Fast Walker
*The Flocking Floater
*The Headcrab
*The Houndeye
*The Ichthyosaur
*The Kingpin
*The Leech
*Mr. Friendly
*An unidentified creature originally designed for ''Quiver''
*Several CategoryWeapons|weapons
*The Zombie
*Silo D
*Sector E Materials Transport


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FileBlast pit silo concept.jpg
FileBmrf cooling tank.jpg
FileBmrf cryo room.jpg
FileBmrf catwalk.jpg
FileOn a rail concept.jpg
FileZombie white bg.jpg
FileBarnacle concept.jpg
FileBarnacle concept clean.jpg
FileBullsquid concept.jpg
FileCharger con.jpg
FileFast Walker.jpg
FileFlocking floater.jpg
FileGonarch concept.jpg
FileHoundeye concept.jpg
FileIcky concept.jpg
FileKingpin con.jpg
FileMr. friendly.jpg
FileFriendly front texture.png
FileNihilanth concept.jpg
FileUnindentified alien.jpg

====''Half-Life 2'' (2004)====
*The Advisor
*The Alien Combine Soldier
*The Alien Fauna
*The Antlion King
*The Combine Assassin
*The Combine Dropship (replacing the FileDropship beta.jpg|early design by Dhabih Eng)
*The Combine Guard
*The Combine Guard Gun
*The Combine Gunship
*The Combine Super Soldier
*The Combine Synth Elite Soldier
*Wallace Breen|The Consul/Wallace Breen (with Dhabih Eng)
*The new Headcrabs
*The Hydra
*"I.A. Latham"
*The Overwatch Elite
*The two first Overwatch Sniper the scenes|Overwatch Sniper versions
*The Overwatch Soldier (outfit)
*The Rebel/Citizen outfits (with Moby Francke)
*The Sacktick
*The Shield Scanner
*The Stalker
*The Stampeder
*The Strider
*The Tripod Hopper
*The Wasteland Scanner
*Several weapons
*The new Zombies


FileMale02.jpg|Citizen Male 02.
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FileI.A. Latham.jpg
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FileOverwatch Soldier camo.jpg
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FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier7.jpg
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FileStripped soldier concept art.jpg
FileCombine Soldier clouds fire.jpg
FileConcept overwatch soldier logo early combine.svg
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FileStalker duo.jpg
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FileStalker concept.jpg
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FileConsul transformed.jpg
FileGunship con2.jpg
FileGunship concept3.jpg
FileGunship concept2.jpg
FileGunship views concept.jpg
FileDropship yellow.jpg
FileDropship side.jpg
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FileDropship blue.jpg
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FileDropship con1.jpg
FileStrider heads.jpg
FileStrider early4.jpg
FileStrider early2.jpg
FileStrider early3.jpg
FileStrider early1.jpg
FileStrider early5.jpg
FileStrider head symbol rtb.svg
FileShield scanner modeling.jpg
FileShield scanner modeling2.jpg
FileSynth Scanner.jpg
FileRecon Synth.jpg
FileWasteland Scanner con.jpg
FileBullsquid body signed.png
FileAntlion King concept.jpg
FileAlien fauna0.jpg
FileAlien fauna1.jpg
FileSewer fauna.jpg
FileStampeder concept.jpg
FileZombie sketch.jpg
FileZombie blobs.jpg
FileFast zombie rtb.jpg
FileFast headcrab concept.jpg
FileHoundeye concept 2.jpg
FileHydra concept art.jpg
FileHydra sketch.jpg
FileTripod Hopper.jpg

====''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' (2006)====
*The Zombine

====''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' (2007)====
*The Antlion Grub''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' commentary
*The Antlion Worker''The Orange Box Prima Guide''
*The Hunter''http//www.amazon.com/Art-Video-Game-Josh-Jenisch/dp/B0030ILW7E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303122713&sr=1-1 The Art of the Video Game''


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FileHunter designs.jpg
FileHunter concept1.jpg
FileHunter sculpture.jpg

====''Half-Life 2 Episode Three'' (TBA)====

FileAdvisor Intothepixel.jpg|Concept art for ''Episode Three'', showing an Advisor and Gordon Freeman (collaborative work by Ted Backman, Jeremy Bennett and Tristan Reidford).

==Complete gameography==
*''Half-Life'' (1998)
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' (1999)
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' (2001)
*''wccounterstrikeCounter-Strike Source|Counter-Strike Source'' (2004)
*''Half-Life 2'' (2004)
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' (2006)
*''Portal'' (2007)
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' (2007)
*''wcleft4deadLeft 4 Dead|Left 4 Dead'' (2008)
*''wcleft4deadLeft 4 Dead 2|Left 4 Dead 2'' (2009)
*''wcalienswarmAlien Swarm|Alien Swarm'' (2010)
*''Portal 2'' (2011)


==See also==
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''

==External links==
*http//www.roboroto.com/tedbackadditional.html Ted Backman of Valve Software - q & a

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