Adam Oliphant's Final Portfolio


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Here is the portfolio that was submitted by Adam Oliphant and got him accepted to the Architectural Science Program at Ryerson University. The portfolio was developed with the help of PortPrep's Karen Kesteloot.

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Adam Oliphant's Final Portfolio

  1. 1. 1APPLICATIONPORTFOLIOAdam Oliphant2013
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  3. 3. 3June 2012 (left and below) and October 2012, Felt pen on PaperThe sketch below was an attempt to emulate a “graffiti” style ofillustration using felt markers. I liked the style so much that Iproceeded to make two full page drawings (left and above) using it.
  4. 4. 4December 2011, Pencil SketchesA bizarre bout of sketching resultedin some aquatic themed machines, onethat showed certain unique potentialwas the aquatic mine/puffer fishcombination on the upper left. Iwould continue to play with thesubject several months in thefuture.November 2012,Pencil SketchNearly a year later, Ireturned to the subjectand examined itselements in finer detail,and further exploringthe aquatic mineconcept.
  5. 5. 5December 2012, Planning Pencil Sketch (modified for visibility)A more technical sketch inspired by the previous drawingdispensing all of the more cartoonish and whimsical features.This was the most significant planning sketch completed aspreparatory work for an acrylic project.
  6. 6. 6December 2012, Acrylic on Primed CanvasThis painting’s rather darker tone provides a stark contrast to thelight heartedness of concepts inception more than a year prior.
  7. 7. 7January 2013, Pencil sketches(Above and Right)Two smaller sketches that I’ve consider for eithera construction or a painting, Based off ofnostalgic science fiction styled ray-guns and someof the works of prop designer Greg Broadmore.November 2012,Planning PencilSketchTangentiallyrelated to thesketches above,this elaborateplanning sketchis one of theearlier examplesof my affectionfor the subjectmatter of “thepast ideals of thepresent”.
  8. 8. 8June 2012, Pencil SketchThe initial idea of the building; large circular patios meshedtogether like the gears in some clockwork and with smallbusinesses or vendors situated along the circumference.January 2013, Pencil sketchesThese symbols are representative of my brainstorming process as Iwas trying to iron out how the structure would fit together.
  9. 9. 9January 2013, Pencil SketchSome experimenting with symmetrical and asymmetrical layouts, Idecided on a layout where the “gears” were the structure ratherthan negative space.January 2013, PencilSketchA few sample elevationsketches, I opted tohave the structurebuilt into a sort of hillor plateau. A moreelaborate rendition ison the next page.
  10. 10. 10January2013,FeltpenonPaperACompleterendering,emphasizingtheroundtowerswithgreenspaceontheroofs.
  11. 11. 11May2012,PhotographyThisisanuneditedshotofsunlightrefractingthroughacloudoficecrystal.s
  12. 12. 12May2012andAugust2012,PhotographyThisphototook22shotsinorderforthecloudstoalignproperly,thoughIcameacrossthevistabychance.Thegoaloftheshotontheoppositepagewasquitesimplytoachieveasenseofsymmetrybetweenthelandandskyinattemptata“natural”Rorschachtest.
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  14. 14. 14In July of 2011, I attended a week-long architecture workshop atPennsylvania State University. During mystay there, I accumulated a smallcollection of drawings and otherartifacts. During this experience, Ibecame acquainted with a student workstudio and some of the localarchitecture professors. During walkingtours and field trips, I became familiarwith the basics of didactic architectureand how a building is incorporated,rather than placed into an environment.These twosketches were ofthe main projectof the workshop.My concept is arather simplebroadcast andproduction tower.
  15. 15. 15To the left is the signatureof every other student whoattended and some of theinstructors and professors. Itoriginally started as an interestof different styles of signature,though it is now my most prizedsouvenir of the experience. Belowis the cover of the custom madesketchbook that they gave me onthe first day there. I continue touse the cover and binding to thisday.
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  17. 17. 17February 2013, Charcoal Sketches (above)Tonal studies of the human body, pre-emptive practice for thelarger piece on opposite page.February 2013, Charcoal sketchesA handful of studies for posture and form.
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  19. 19. 19January 2013, Graphite andCharcoal on paper (respectively)All of these are studies where I wascoming to grips with the shape andvolume of the subject. My mainfocus was looking more closely atthe smaller masses that make upthe coherent whole of the humanbody.
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  21. 21. 21November2011,PastelonTexturedPaper(Opposite)ThisscenewasinspiredbymystayinthecityofPittsburgh,PennsylvaniaaftertheaforementionedArchitectureworkshopatPennState.November2011,PlanningsketchesDuringtheplanningprocess,Iwashardpressedtotryandconveyameaningoflifethroughthecity,Idecidedthatirregularlyshapedbuildingsandvibrantcolourswasthebestwaytodoso.
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